FAQ for PhD Applicants

What do I need to complete my application?

A complete application to the Laney Graduate School must include these elements:

  1. Application
  2. Transcripts
  3. Standardized Test Scores (TOEFL, TOEFL iBT "Special Home Edition", or IELTS for international students)
  4. Statement of Purpose
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation
  7. $75 Application Fee
To help you complete your application, you might want to review these web pages: If you run into problems, there are a couple of places you might turn to:

Does Emory offer financial assistance?

All accepted PhD students receive a full tuition scholarship and stipend.

What is the minimum score for the TOEFL exam?

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

Do you accept IELTS? If so, what is the minimum score for admission?

Yes, our program does accept IELTS. 7 is the minimum score for admission.

Is it possible to have my TOEFL requirement waived?

If applicants graduate from an accredited institution in the United States, then they will be exempt from taking the TOEFL exam.

Should I send my TOEFL and GRE scores to your department through ETS?

Yes, applicants may submit their test scores to Emory via ETS.
Emory's code is: 5187


Unofficial transcripts issued by the Registrar to you (the student) are acceptable.

You are required to submit one transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, present school included. International transcripts must be translated and notarized. If accepted to our institution, you will be required to submit your official final transcript.

As part of the online application, upload a scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended, present school included. The transcripts must be issued by the registrar’s office. Unofficial copies issued to the student are fine.

We will not accept printed web pages from the University’s student information system. If you submit this, the processing of your application may be delayed. If you want to upload an electronic transcript issued by your registrar's office, make sure we can open that document without passwords or other security information. Later on, if you are admitted and accept, then you will need to submit official copies (sealed or sent to us directly from a university registrar).

Transcripts that are not in English must be translated and notarized. Please scan both the original and the translated versions, and submit them together as one file using the online application.

Recommendation Questions

May I add recommenders after submitting my application?


Must all letters of recommendation be submitted before the application deadline?

If you are unable to have your recommender to submit your recommendation letters before the deadline, please have them directly submit their recommendation letters to: csigradinfo@emory.edu

How much is tuition?

You will find information regarding tuition fees on the following page: https://gs.emory.edu/funding/tuition.html

Do I need to have a degree in Computer Science in order to apply for the MS program?

You do not need to have a degree in Computer Science. However, the computer science program is suited to individuals with an undergraduate degree in computer science or mathematics with computational experience.

May I apply to more than one program at your institution?

Applicants will need to submit a separate application for each program.

Does this program give STEM extension?

Yes, Emory University does offer international students F1 STEM-OPT extensions. Our advisors in International Student & Scholar Services offer workshops throughout the semester to help students understand the guidelines.

I also wanted to visit the Emory campus. How can I schedule it?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the CSI program will transition to a virtual campus visit experience.

Does Emory University offer conditional acceptance?

Unfortunately, the Laney Graduate School does not offer conditional admission.

Does your institution accept applications for the Spring semester?

The application cycle is only for the Fall semesters. We do not currently offer Spring admissions.