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#1 industrial engineering graduate program in the nation, U.S.News & World Report
#5 Master of City and Regional Planning program in the United States, Planetizen
#7 among public universities in the country, U.S.News & World Report
#9 computer science graduate program in the nation, U.S.News & World Report
#27 among the world’s top 100 universities, Times Higher Education
From unique degree programs and interdisciplinary research opportunities to active connections to industry and government through alumni, research, and off-campus work opportunities, there are plenty of reasons why Georgia Institute of Technology is an ideal place to pursue a graduate degree.
A diverse student body
In fall 2014 Georgia Tech welcomed a record-breaking total of more than 8,400 new and current graduate students to campus (60% are pursuing their master’s degrees, while 40% are pursuing Ph.D.s), which is about one-third of the entire student body. And this student population is a diverse one; about 42% of graduate students are international, hailing from more than 100 countries around the world.
Georgia Tech is also home to a number of resources to support diversity, including the Office of Disability Services, Office of International Education, LGBTQIA Resource Center, Veterans Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, and OMED (which supports underrepresented groups on campus).
Life at Tech
Georgia Tech is located in Midtown Atlanta, one of the city’s most energetic and vibrant neighborhoods for business, culture, education, and entertainment. Atlanta is home to the headquarters of dozens of Fortune 1,000 and more than 10 Fortune 500 companies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
The city is also known as a southern hot spot for music venues, theaters, museums, parks, and hundreds of restaurants. When you want a break, you can find mountains, lakes, campsites, and hiking trails within an hour’s drive—and convenient access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes the whole world just a flight away.
And from enjoying a sweet potato biscuit at Highland Bakery to joining one of the numerous student organizations open to graduate students, there are plenty of experiences to enjoy on campus.
Through the Arts@Tech initiative (arts.gatech.edu), there are a range of outlets for enjoying and participating in theater, music, poetry and literary arts, and visual and digital arts.
When it comes to athletics, Georgia Tech’s NCAA Division I program is one of the oldest and most renowned in the country, and the extensive array of intramural sports offers opportunities for year-round athletic competition.
Picking your program
Georgia Tech is home to more than 90 doctoral and master’s degree programs. These programs include the first accredited online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) that students can earn exclusively through the massive open online course (MOOC) format for a fraction of the cost of traditional programs.
Degrees are offered through the College of Architecture, College of Computing, College of Engineering, Scheller College of Business, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and College of Sciences. There are multidisciplinary degrees offered across colleges and other degrees via distance learning. (For more degree information, visit grad.gatech.edu/degree-programs.)
Programs vary greatly in size, with enrollments ranging from 15–600 students. They include three of the largest graduate student populations in the country in the following fields: aerospace engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Reputation for research
From engineering a better way to rebuild bone inside the body to helping farmers detect crop diseases earlier, Georgia Tech’s graduate students are engaged in a variety of research topics.
As part of its unique innovation ecosystem, Georgia Tech has developed Interdisciplinary Research Institutes that bring together a mix of researchers—spanning colleges, departments, and individual labs—around the following core research areas: big data; bioengineering and bioscience; electronics and nanotechnology; energy and sustainable infrastructure; manufacturing, trade, and logistics; materials; national security; people and technology; public service, leadership, and policy; renewable bioproducts; robotics; and systems. For more about research at Georgia Tech, visit research.gatech.edu.
Experience beyond the classroom
Georgia Tech’s Graduate Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program was established in 1983 and is currently the largest in the United States for science and engineering academic programs. This program provides graduate students with the opportunity to work with industry and government leaders in their respective areas of study. Some examples of co-op employers that have worked with Georgia Tech students include Google, GE, and Intel.
Paying for graduate school
About half of Georgia Tech’s graduate students are employed as graduate research or teaching assistants (GRAs or GTAs), including four out of five doctoral students. GRAs provide hands-on research experience and usually an opportunity to learn teamwork. GTAs provide an opportunity for students to develop teaching skills in apprenticeship with a member of the faculty.
Georgia Tech is also host to students who hold a large number of individual fellowships, including more than 100 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.
Why Georgia Tech: Scottie-Beth Fleming, Ph.D. Student, Aerospace Engineering
When did you know Georgia Tech was the place you wanted to go for graduate school?
When I was finishing up my undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, I reflected a lot about whether to continue on to graduate school. What I realized is that I love learning, and I wanted to be in an inspiring environment where learning was valued. I also wanted the opportunity to work collaboratively and develop innovative solutions to challenging aerospace engineering problems. These realizations led me to graduate school at Georgia Tech.
Tell us a little bit about your research.
Aircraft design requires the integration of components from many different technical disciplines. However, design teams often fail to communicate their reasoning behind component design decisions, leading to costly and dangerous outcomes, such as the battery problems experienced by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Through Georgia Tech’s excellent researcher network, I’ve been able to tackle this problem by integrating methods used by aerospace engineering, psychology, public policy, sociology, and engineering education.
What are a few reasons you’d recommend Tech to other grad students?
I love the city of Atlanta. I enjoy going to concerts at Variety Playhouse, and there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants. (Antico is the place to go for pizza near campus.) And if you tell someone you went to Georgia Tech, they know the institution you’re talking about and highly respect the quality of your work.
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