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: We will need your official GRE general exam score to be sent to us (institution code 5187).
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 waived ($0) before October 31 (midnight PST). Starting November 1, the application fee is $75.
Ph.D. program. The recommended deadline for applying to our Ph.D. program for Fall 2017 is on December 15, 2016. However, applications will be accepted until January 3, 2017. Note: GRE test results taken on or before January 14 can still be considered. TOEFL scores are highly recommended. The expected score total should be 90 or above.
M.S. program. The deadline for applying to our M.Sc. program for possible Fall 2017 admission is May 1, 2017..