Graduate Admissions Process

Graduate Application Instructions

Applications for graduate admission to the School of History and Sociology (HSOC) are submitted online. To apply, please go to the Office of Graduate Admissions website

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • College Transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (international applicants only)
  • A biographical statement
  • Writing Sample

For application to the graduate programs in HSOC, your statement should be an intellectual biography and should include your reasons for applying to the MS or PhD program (specify), your interest in the history and/or sociology of technology and science, and your plans subsequent to receiving the degree.

Deadlines

The general application deadline is March 1. Students seeking financial assistance should submit their materials no later than February 1. Students are admitted for the fall semester.

Choosing a Program

Students who clearly intend to pursue the PhD should apply for the PhD program, regardless of whether or not they already have a master’s degree. All students in the PhD program acquire a master’s degree along the way. This typically involves a three-semester course of studies, though highly motivated students or those with advanced standing may complete the degree in a calendar year.

Students who are interested in the master’s and those who are uncertain if they would like to continue on to the PhD should apply to the master’s program.

Financial Support

Financial aid for graduate students takes many forms. Most full-time PhD students are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or by research grants and fellowships. More information about these opportunities can be found on the Assistantships, Fellowships, and Grants tab above.

Students may also receive financial aid in the form of loans and grants. These are administered through Georgia Tech’s Graduate Financial Aid Office.

Part-Time Study

Though most students enroll full-time, it is possible to pursue the degrees on a part-time basis. Students wishing to attend part-time should be aware that required courses are usually taught just once a year. HSOC graduate courses typically meet one day per week for three hours in the late afternoon. Part-time students are not eligible for financial aid.

Additional Information and Contacts

For additional information about the programs, feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Bill Winders, at bill.winders@gatech.edu. Applicants may also wish to make direct contact with faculty in whom they have a particular interest, and can do so using our list of faculty profiles.  Keep in mind that faculty have multiple responsibilities and may take some time to reply.

We encourage prospective students to visit the School of History and Sociology and Georgia Tech and to meet in person with Professor Winders, other relevant faculty, and current graduate students. To arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Winders or the HSOC graduate program advisor, ladonna.bowen@hsoc.gatech.edu. HSOC offices and classrooms are located in Tech’s Old Civil Engineering Building (221 Bobby Dodd Way).

The status of your application may be checked on the Office of Graduate Admissions website.