Graduate Application Information

Students admitted to our Ph.D. program are awarded full tuition and competitive stipend support. Additional summer support and teaching assistantships may be available. In addition, research, specialized training, and professional development funds are available to students through the Emory Laney Graduate School

Students who are admitted to the Masters in Computer Science (MS) program, whether from the US or international, are eligible to receive a 50% tuition scholarship for two years, assuming satisfactory progress through the program. There are no teaching assistantships available for those programs.

Our MS program is technical in nature, where programming-based homework and projects are expected in almost every course. Additionally, a real-world practicum (typically, as a software engineer intern) is required, to be completed during or after the Summer after the first year in the MS program. Placement and career support is offered to assist with internship placements.
Minimal requirements for admission to the MS program:

1. Working knowledge of a general purpose programming language:
    * Java (or C++), C recommended
    * While Python is popular, we prefer that you also have knowledge of a general purpose programming language above.

2. Knowledge in Data Structure and Algorithms comparable to Emory's CS 323 course. The syllabus of CS 323 can be found here, with extensive lecture notes. You can test your knowledge with the homework on this web page.

3. Combined TOEFL score of at least 85 (90 recommended).

In exceptional cases, a student not satisfying one of the minimal requirements above may still be admitted, with the expectation of doing "remedial" work prior or during their first semester, to catch up on the requirements before enrolling in standard CS graduate courses.

Applying to the Emory CSI/BMI graduate programs (M.S/Ph.D)

The application process for our Ph.D. program involves the following steps.
  • Transcripts: We will need copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended, including your current one. They must be in English. and issued by the registrar's at your university. We do not  require official transcripts (issued by the registrar's at your university) as part of the application process, only if and when you are offered and accept admission.
  • GRE scores: required for both MS and PhD admissions. We will need your official GRE general exam score to be sent to us (institution code 5187). We will consider an unofficial score for initial admission consideration, but an official score score is required before enrollment.
  • TOEFL scores: required for both Masters and PhD admissions: 
    For Internet-based TOEFL test, a minimum total score of 85 is required (90 recommended), and for the paper-based TOEFL test, a total score of 600 is required. For IELTS, 7 is the minimum score for admission.  This requirement can be waived for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree, or a 2+ year MS degree, in a country where English is the primary language. 
  • Statement of purpose: Write candidly about why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science and informatics, what kind of questions you have worked on in the past, what you intend to focus on in your studies and how you plan to use the research experience in your longer-term plan. 
  • Curriculum Vitae: Provide a document listing relevant experiences and accomplishments, such as internships, awards and research experiences, that you believe will strengthen your application.
  • Recommendation letters; We require three professionals with knowledge about your academic performance to write letters that evaluate your research potential and your teaching experience. Your application cannot be processed before we have received these letters.
  • Application fee: The application fee is $75. It can be paid by credit card as part of the online application. The fee can also be paid by electronic check. Please be aware that this payment option adds several days of processing time before we receive the application. 
Application deadlines:
  • Ph.D. program. The recommended deadline for applying to our Ph.D. program for Fall 2018 is on January 15, 2019.
    Note: GRE test results taken on or before January 14 can still be considered. TOEFL scores are required. The expected score total should be 90 or above.
  • M.S. program. The deadline for applying to our M.Sc. program for possible Fall 2018 admission is April 30, 2019..

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Program Coordinator at with questions about the application process.

We look forward to receiving your application!