2018 Application Deadlines and Requirements

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Space Available Deadline - July 15
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise; Graduate Certificate" or "Planning and Economic Development; Graduate Certificate"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251.  More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.  Applicants who have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 may apply for a waiver of the GRE requirement.  Students can request a GRE waiver by completing this online form here.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Economics; Master of Arts" or "Economics - Policy Track; Master of Arts"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  5. Three letters of recommendation:  All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Space Available Deadline - July 15
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Public Administration; Master of Public Administration"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251.  More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.  Applicants may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  Applicants eligible for a GRE waiver must have (1) a 2-year Master’s degree or (2) a minimum of 5-years work professional work experience in the public and/or nonprofit sectors and a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.  For consideration, applicants should complete the Master in Public Administration waiver form here.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation:  All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Space Available Deadline - July 15
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Public Policy; Master of Public Policy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251.  More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.  Applicants may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  Applicants eligible for a GRE waiver must have (1) a 2-year Master’s degree or (2) a minimum of 5-years work professional work experience in the public and/or nonprofit sectors and a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.  For consideration, applicants should complete the Master in Public Policy waiver form here.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation:  All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Criminal Justice; Master of Science"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Space Available Deadline - July 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College: "University Wide"
    • Select Program: "Interdisciplinary Studies; Master of Interdisciplinary Studies"
    • Select Concentration: "Criminal Justice Admin"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal Statement: A brief personal essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  5. Two letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Summer Semester - Advanced standing only
  • Priority Deadline - February 1
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Priority Deadline - February 1
  • Regular Deadline - April 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Social Work; Master of Social Work" or "Social Work - Advanced Standing; Master of Social Work"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Statement of Purpose: See the Statement of Purpose Guidelines and supplemental questions to be answered in the section below.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251.  More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.  Applicants to the Master of Social Work program may be considered for a waiver of the GRE with departmental approval.  MSW applicants should complete this online form for consideration.
    Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing applicants are not required to take the GRE if they have a BSW from an accredited institution.  Contact Dr. Renanda W. Dear, Director of Student & Community Services at 404-413-1057 or socialwork@gsu.edu for details.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
      • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**  Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
      • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
      • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
      • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
      • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
      • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
        **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

Statement of Purpose Guidelines

In order for the School of Social Work to obtain a clear picture of who you are, why you have chosen to enter the social work profession, your readiness for graduate education, and what motivates you to apply to Georgia State University’s Master of Social Work program, we ask you to write a statement of purpose and submit it with your application. This statement, which is an important part of your overall application, should NOT include a detailed description of your entire life; it should briefly cover important experiences, interests, and abilities as they relate to your seeking professional training in the School of Social Work. You should use the following statements to discuss your personal background, career objectives and personal evaluation. The Statement of Purpose should be no more than six typed, double-spaced pages and answer the following questions.

  • Understanding that there are many helping professions, we are interested in knowing why you want to be a social worker. Describe the factors that have led to your decision to enter the social work profession. Discuss life experiences, other people, or educational, employment or volunteer experiences that have contributed to your decision. Discuss your understanding of the social work profession.
  • Having read the School’s mission statement and description of specialization, discuss how your particular interests fit with our specialization in Community Partnerships.
  • Discuss the personal qualities that equip you for the social work profession. Include any experiences in which you have exercised leadership, responsibility, and/or judgment. Discuss also what areas of your professional development you would like to strengthen.
  • Discuss experiences you have had which make you believe that you can work effectively with people from diverse populations reflecting religious, racial, ethnic, handicapped status, socio-economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.
  • Discuss any extenuating circumstances which may have affected past academic performance.

ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS ARE ASKED TO ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND THE ONE BELOW.

  • Having earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree, we would like for you to analyze a social work experience, using your practicum or employment (pick the most significant).
  • What social work theory or theories did you find to be the most valuable in the experience?
  • What did you learn from the experience?
  • How will a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Community Partnerships help strengthen you as a social work practitioner? In the spirit of confidentiality we ask that you do not reveal names or organizations or individual people.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadline*

Fall Semester
  •  Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Criminal Justice and Criminology; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal/Goal Statement: Two to three page statement that should include the applicant's fields of interest and how the program will contribute to your goals.
  4. Academic Paper/Writing Sample: Single-authored writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing ability. Examples include a chapter from the applicant’s thesis or a paper written for course credit. In general, the paper submitted should not be longer than 35 double-spaced pages.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**  Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadline*

Fall Semester
  •  Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Economics; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal/Goal Statement: Two to three page, typed statement of interest covering personal and professional goals as they relate to the Ph.D. in Economics, including desired area of specialization, research interests, and faculty with whom applicant would like to work.  Statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the doctoral program, expectations for completion of the coursework and dissertation, and prospective employment. Include special circumstances, if any, or other information not covered in the application that you think would be helpful in evaluating your application.
  4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Provide a complete, current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your academic, research, clinical, and/or other relevant experiences.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**  Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester
  •  Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Public Policy; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Personal/Goal Statement: Two to three page, typed statement of interest covering personal and professional goals as they relate to the Ph.D. in Public Policy, including desired area of specialization, research interests, and faculty with whom applicant would like to work. Statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the doctoral program, expectations for completion of the coursework and dissertation, and prospective employment. Include special circumstances, if any, or other information not covered in the application that you think would be helpful in evaluating your application.
  4. Biographical Statement: Two page Biographical Statement that includes biographical information and defines how you have prepared yourself for doctoral study. It may include schools attended, areas of study and formative experiences (particularly those that are relevant to pursuing a Ph.D.). This statement is intended to help the committee better know the applicant and to see why pursuing a doctoral program is the next logical step.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**    Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester
  •  Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Public Policy - Joint Program; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Two online applications (Apply to GA State and apply to GA Tech):  All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Statement of Interest: Two to three page, typed statement of interest covering personal and professional goals as they relate to the Ph.D. in Public Policy, including desired area of specialization, research interests, and faculty with whom applicant would like to work. Statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the doctoral program, expectations for completion of the coursework and dissertation, and prospective employment. Include special circumstances, if any, or other information not covered in the application that you think would be helpful in evaluating your application.
  4. Biographical Statement: Two page Biographical Statement that includes biographical information and defines how you have prepared yourself for doctoral study, uploaded within the "writing sample" section of the online application. It may include schools attended, areas of study and formative experiences (particularly those that are relevant to pursuing a Ph.D.). This statement is intended to help the committee better know the applicant and to see why pursuing a doctoral program is the next logical step.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  6. TOEFL scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

The graduate-level non-degree classification is provided in recognition of the fact that education is a lifelong process and that people may wish to enroll in one or more graduate courses at various times for personal or professional reasons without completing a degree program. Non-degree status is available for a maximum of two semester and applications to non-degree status are subject to the master/certificate deadlines.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Undeclared - Andrew Young School; Non-Degree"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of why you wish to receive the graduate-level non-degree classification at the Andrew Young School and all courses you wish to take. Applicants admitted to this classification can only enroll for only up to two semesters.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts.   This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English.  If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Graduate transient status is reserved to students who are currently in a graduate program at a regionally accredited institution who wish to take a course or courses in the Andrew Young School while away from their home institution. This status is valid for only one semester.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Summer Semester Spring Semester
  •  Regular Deadline - June 1
  •  Regular Deadline - April 1
  •  Regular Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type:  "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College:  "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program:  "Undeclared - Andrew Young School; Transient - Graduate"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Certification/Letter of Good Standing: Official letter from current "home" institution, in a sealed envelope with official's signature across the sealed portion of the envelope, submitted to the Admissions Office address.
  4. List of Courses: List of courses applicant is interested in enrolling in.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

This re-entry application should only be used for: Graduate students who wish to reenter their program of study after a period of non-enrollment, alumni graduate students who wish to return and take courses for personal enrichment and graduate students who are required to reenter due to non compliance with the university's continuous enrollment policy.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission

All applicants must complete the online re-entry form and mail the application fee to the Admissions Office.

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Re-Entry Application.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $25 is required for each application. This fee must be paid by personal check, money order, or cashiers check and mailed to the Admissions Office.
  3. Copies of Official Transcripts from each institution of higher learning attended since last date of attendance at Georgia State University:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Transcripts section of the online re-entry application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

If you issues with your online application, please email GradAYS@gsu.edu.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

Georgia State University will continue to review international applicants for admission, regardless of country of citizenship or nationality.