FAQ on Admission

Q: Can I apply to both GT-Atlanta and GT-Shenzhen?
A: Yes. Please note you can apply to the same program in different campuses. Also, you can apply to different programs in different campuses. With the first application, create a user ID and password. Once you complete it, you may return to https://gradapp.gatech.edu/apply/ and log in as a Returning User. To submit an entirely new application using the same user ID and password created for the original. Please note that a nonrefundable application fee is required for each application.

Q: How should I prepare my application materials?
Please review videos regarding the Statement of Purpose and Resume sections of the application.

Q: If I did not graduate from a university I attended, do I need to submit that transcript?
Applicants must disclosure their entire academic history after high school. They must submit a transcript/academic record for every institution of higher education they attended, regardless of whether a degree was received.

Q: What types of transcripts should I provide?
Transcripts in native language (if courses were not taught in English) and transcripts with official English translation must be provided. See this helpful video.

Q: When should I submit my transcripts and final documents?
If an applicant holds a degree at the time of their application (and were admitted), they must submit their final documents at least one month before they enroll, or their application will be cancelled/moved to another term.

Graduate Education will only allow students to submit final documents during their first semester if they did not complete the degree at the time of their application.

Q: The Office of Graduate Education is requesting more information from me; what should I do?
Applicants must submit all documentation requested by GT immediately or are subject to cancellation. Please see your application portal for details.

Q: I took the TOEFL / GRE test in October and asked ETS to send my official score reports to GT. Now it is already January, and it seems you still have not received my official score report. 
A: ETS sends TOEFL and GRE score reports electronically to GT which are then written into the GT applicant’s database. If there is any mismatch between the information you provided to GT and the information you provided to ETS (for example, the spelling of your name or the incorrect order of your first name vs. last name), the TOEFL or GRE scores will not be written to your record. If it has been a while since you have received ETS’ confirmation that they have sent your TOEFL or GRE score reports but those scores have not shown up on your GT record, you should search the Graduate Studies FAQs. If you cannot find an answer to your question, use the “I have a question” button at the bottom of the page. Include your full name, GT ID#, appointment number and test date and request a manual search. You may upload a scanned copy of your TOEFL/GRE score report with this information. We cannot grant admission based on photocopy or scanned copy of TOEFL/GRE score reports.

Q: I have previously applied to GT-Atlanta and just learned about the GT-Shenzhen program. Can I transfer my application from GT-Atlanta to GT-Shenzhen?
A: For switching between different campuses of the same program, please see the instructions below:
-If you had applied to GT-Atlanta MSECE, but want to switch to GT-Shenzhen MSECE, please email gtshenzhen@nullece.gatech.edu and copy to ychen3152@nullgatech.edu.
-If you had applied to GT-Atlanta MSA, but want to switch to GT-Shenzhen MSA, please email gtshenzhen-msa@nullisye.gatech.edu and copy to wlin328@nullgatech.edu.
-If you had applied to GT-Atlanta MSENVE, but want to switch to GT-Shenzhen MSENVE, please email gtshenzhen@nullce.gatech.edu and copy to qhuang95@nullgatech.edu.
The email should include your first name, last name, GTID, your planned enrollment term for GT-Shenzhen (Spring or Fall), and your application reference number, we will then coordinate the transfer of your application.
-If you had applied to GT-Atlanta MSCS, but want to switch to GT-Shenzhen MSCS, you will need to complete a new online application and pay another online application fee.We cannot change your application between different majors and different campuses. Applicants must complete a new online application with the correct major of interest, select the correct campus, and pay another online application fee. We can retrieve the TOEFL, GRE scores, and transcripts from your first application; therefore, you only need to contact ETS for one set of scores and submit one set of transcripts.
For example, if you had applied to GT-Atlanta Computer Science (in the College of Computing), you will need to complete a new online application to GT-Shenzhen.

Q: How should I estimate my GPA since my university does not report course performance using the letter grade basis?
A: Unless your university specifies a different conversation table on your transcript, you can use the following conversion rule. On a 100-point scale, Score of 85-100: grade=A (4.0 point); Score of 75-84: grade=B (3.0 point); Score of 60-74: grade=C (2.0 point); Score of 0-59: grade=F (0 point). Note: There is not a D grade in the above conversion. Here is an explanation on how to calculate your GPA.

Q: The Registrar’s Office at my university offers two options for transcripts: one that does not display the GPA, one that does. Which option should I take?
Take the option that does NOT display the GPA. We will calculate your GPA “in-house” at Georgia Tech. Most Chinese universities do not take into account all courses in the GPA calculation (such as omitting the elective courses), so the GPA shown on the transcript is usually different from the GPA that Georgia Tech would arrive at. Georgia Tech counts all courses shown on the transcripts, except for pass/fail courses, in the GPA calculation.

 Q: The GPA entered for me in the OSCAR system is lower than what my university said my GPA is. Could you please use the GPA as determined by my university?
Georgia Tech evaluates all international transcripts in-house. We use a 4.0 scale whereas your university may use a different scale. If using the conversion method as described above, you arrive at a very different GPA, you can let us know.

Q: My undergraduate university has a reputation for grading harshly. Do you use different grade conversion tables for different universities?
A: Unless your university specifies a different conversion table on the transcript, Georgia Tech uses the grade conversion method described above for Chinese university transcripts.

Q: My university gives GPA on the 3.3 point basis, and mine is 2.7. Should I enter 2.7 as my current GPA?
A: Please use the guideline described above to re-calculate your GPA on the 4.0 basis and supply with your online GT application. The GT Graduate Admissions Office will calculate again to verify your GPA once they receive the official transcripts.

Q: Do you include elective courses in the GPA calculation?
A: Except for courses that are graded on the pass/fail basis, all other courses (including elective courses) shown on your transcript are included in the GPA calculation.

Q: My university reports some of our grades on the letter grade basis. Do you convert those letter grades?
A: If your university uses the A, B, C, D, F letter grade system, we will use those grades “as is” in calculating the GPA. If your university uses the A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-,D+, D, D-, F letter grade system, we will convert (A+, A-) to A, (B+, B-) to B, (C+, C-) to C, and (D+, D-) to D, before calculating the GPA.

Q: I self-reported test scores; however, my application portal still shows “Awaiting” scores even though my university is exempt from this requirement. What should I do?
Self-reporting unnecessary test scores causes a pending state (awaiting official scores) in the application system. Please contact Graduate Studies with the error.

Q: What type of referee is most suitable?
The recommender should be someone who has taught the applicant and/or supervised the applicant in an academic or professional capacity and knows the applicant well. The email address of the recommender must be their work email address not their personal email address (e.g., @gmail, @yahoo, @qq, etc). If the recommender’s email address is not an email address with their employer, the legitimacy of the recommendation will be in question.

Q: Should I submit my application before all recommenders respond?
Yes. Once the applicant enters their recommenders’ information into the online application, the recommender will receive an email inviting them to complete an online recommendation. We suggest applicants to submit their application as soon as possible and not wait for the recommender to complete their recommendation. Once the recommender does complete their recommendation, it will automatically match with the application record.

Q: My referee is having trouble accessing the online letter of recommendation.
A: Once you “submit,” the email is automatically sent giving the link and a request from you to complete the recommendation. If you or your respondent have technical difficulty with the online letter of recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: help@nullapplyweb.com. It may be necessary to provide CollegeNet with your user id and/or the name of the applicant or respondent.

Q: How can I change recommender?
Yes, it is possible to change a recommender after submitting the application. See the Graduate Education FAQs.

Q: Can my referee send you the recommendation letter by email or air mail?
A: No. All referees must complete the online reference. See the Graduate Education FAQs.

Q: Should I submit ranking certificate to enhance my chance of gaining acceptance into the GT-Shenzhen program?
A: For admission into the program, we mainly look at your GRE/TOEFL scores, GPA, recommendation letters and personal statement; ranking certificate is not required. However, if you wish to be considered for scholarships, you must submit original, official ranking certificate in your application portal.

Q: I am an applicant to the GT-Shenzhen program. I made a mistake on my application (applied for the wrong term / selected the PhD program instead of the MS program / swapped my first name and last name / …)  Who should I contact to get the problem resolved?
A: To make a correction to an online application that has already been submitted, please write an email with your details and ID numbers.
To: GT-Shenzhen
Subject: GT-Shenzhen Application

Q: What is the likely process after I have applied?
A: After we have received all required information on your application, we will be able to proceed with admission decisions. For those applicants that we have complete information on, we will strive to make admission decisions within 6-8 weeks after all application materials (online application, recommendation letters, official TOEFL/GRE scores) are received by Georgia Tech. You may email informing us that your application is complete.

Q: How do I submit my response to a GT-Shenzhen admissions offer?
A: Please complete the form on your application via GT online graduate application interface.

Q: If I get accepted by GT-Shenzhen, can I turn down the application if my plans change?
A:  Yes, you have the option to accept or decline the GT-Shenzhen offer by a certain date.

Q: I have encountered some application trouble or have other general questions that are not covered by this FAQ. What should I do?
A: Send an email us with your first name, last name, last four digits of your application/GT ID (xxxxxx000), telephone number(s) where you may be reached, and a detailed description of the problem that you have encountered, attaching a screen-shot if possible. We will then respond with an email or phone call.

    • MS Analytics contact: gtshenzhen-msa@nullisye.gatech.edu
    • MS CS contact: gtshenzhen@nullcc.gatech.edu
    • MS ENVE contact: gtshenzhen@nullce.gatech.edu
    • MS ECE contact: gtshenzhen@nullece.gatech.edu