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PhD International Affairs, Science and Technology

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27872 USD
13452 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)79
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
GRE (avg)31

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About this course

PhD in International Affairs, Science and Technology program provides a unique opportunity for students with backgrounds in either social sciences or science and technology to deepen their understanding of international affairs through the advanced study of sub-fields such as international relations theory, international security, international political economy, comparative politics, and methods for social scientific research. 

There is widespread recognition that a number of important problems in international affairs – such as how to control the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, or how to promote economic growth in the developing world – cannot properly be understood without an appreciation of the scientific and technological issues involved.

At the same time, it is evident that neither the development nor the impact of new technologies is confined within state or national boundaries. Scientific innovation increasingly depends on international collaboration, while the consequences of those innovations, for example in terms of their environmental impact, similarly demand international coordination to be monitored and regulated. Graduates of this research-oriented program will be well placed to embark on careers in academic research, or to move into the policy world where their dual expertise will be rare and highly valued.

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Eligibility Criteria

The minimum GPA requirement for high demand majors (Computer Science and Engineering) is 3.3 on a 4.0-grade scale. The GPA requirement for all remaining majors is 3.0 on a 4.0-grade scale.

Multiple GPA reviews are completed as part of the holistic review process.  An overall GPA review includes coursework taken at all previous institutions (domestic and international). Math and lab science GPA reviews include calculus level and higher math and lab science courses.

Applicants are expected to complete each admission-required course sequence (English, mathematics, lab science) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. Mathematics and/or lab science courses that do not satisfy Georgia Tech degree requirements may not be included within GPA calculations.  Lab sciences courses require three (3) hour lecture and one (1) hour lab components.

There is a “no grade forgiveness policy” as part of the transfer application review.

Repeat course grades where a “C” grade or higher has already been earned are not included within GPA calculations. Repeat course grades due to withdrawal (WF) or failing grades (below a C grade) are included within GPA calculations.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

  • Official GRE general test scores are required by most graduate programs, except those in the Scheller College of Business, which require official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. GRE subject test scores are required for some programs.

SAT Subject Tests

  • Students are not required to take SAT Subject Tests for admission to Georgia Tech. However, if you have taken the exams, you are welcome to submit your scores to our office for consideration with your application. You may also earn course credit for Chemistry and/or English subject tests.

AP Scores

  • AP test results that are submitted electronically at the time of application may be reviewed for freshman admission. However, you are not required to submit exam results when you apply. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, we would encourage you to submit all results at that time for possible course credit.

IB Scores

  • IB results are used to award course credit for incoming students. For students attending an IB school that does not award letter or number (0-100) grades, we will use the IB results to evaluate the academic performance for admission.


  • All international applicants must submit acceptable, official TOEFL scores. At this time, we accept no other English language proficiency tests. For scores to be considered for admission, we recommend that you plan to take any required exams no less than 60 days prior to the application deadline. 
  • Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old cannot be considered.
  • When you register for any tests, please indicate that Georgia Institute of Technology (institute code 5248) should be a score recipient. If you did not specify Georgia Institute of Technology as a score recipient at the time of taking the test, you must promptly ask ETS to send your scores to us.

The required minimum total score on the exams are:

  • The internet-based TOEFL exam = 79
  • The paper-based TOEFL exam = 550

Some programs have their own minimal score requirements which are higher than those stated above, in which case these higher standards will be required. 

Exceptions to the English standardized exams may be available for the three categories listed below:

  • Applicants that are citizens of countries where English is the SOLE OFFICIAL language of instruction. (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada — except Québec, England, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales.)
  • Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university in the United States. You must upload an unofficial transcript from that institution within the online admissions application. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received, or the TOEFL exam scores will be required to enroll.
  • Applicants who have attended an accredited university in the United States for at least one academic year. You must provide transcripts showing that you have taken classes for at least one academic year (two semesters or three quarters), or the official TOEFL scores must be received before you enroll.

Applicants in the first category will automatically receive the exception. Waivers of the English standardized exam under categories two or three are not automatically granted. You may be required to submit additional documentation before a determination can be made.

Evaluating your Test Scores

  • All freshman applicants must take the SAT and/or the ACT with writing.
  • We accept both tests and have no preference between the two.
  • We use your highest section scores in the evaluation process.
  • Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores.
  • Our bottom line is that testing is only one part of our holistic review, and we want students to be able to put their best foot forward.

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Course Modules

The PhD program is founded upon a broad, rigorous, and student-centered curriculum. All students must complete INTA 6102 and INTA 6003. Because students come from a wide range of backgrounds, they may petition to substitute or pass-out of certain core requirements based upon previous experiences and coursework and under the guidance and approval of the dissertation committee. However, reduction in credit is limited to a total of nine credit hours.

Required Courses

  • INTA 6102 Intl Relations Theory 3
  • INTA 6003 Empirical Research Meth 3
  • INTA 9000 Doctoral Thesis 18

Core Courses

  • INTA 8010 IAST Ph.D. Proseminar 1
  • INTA 8000 Sci,Tech&Int'l Affairs I 3
  • INTA 8001 Sci,Tech&Intl Affairs II 3

Concentation Tracks

  • Each of the predesigned tracks includes a core class and two electives. These tracks are considered core classes and must be completed before examinations. 

Select two of four concentration tracks from the following: 18

  • International Affairs and Security
  • Globalization and Development
  • Comparative and Regional Studies
  • Student-created (Unique Track): Graduate Program Director- and Faculty-approved Track


  • Select three related INTA 6000/8000-level courses. 1 9
  • Advanced Methods or Language Requirement 
  • Advanced Methods or Language Requirement 2 0-18

Total Credit Hours 58-76


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How to Apply

Document for Submission :

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are gathered online as part of our application. You'll be asked for the following information:

  • Name of three people to recommend you.
  • Georgia Tech or business affiliation of each person.
  • Email addresses.
  • Waiver. (Most people choose to waive their right to review the recommendations. Once you have submitted your application waiving your right to review, you can't change your decision.)

Other Documents

  • You will have the option to upload additional supporting documents when submitting your online application (documents should be .pdf files). Note that if you do this, you will not need to mail your documents at this time. But if you are admitted, you will be asked to submit the official documents.
  • Secure electronic certified transcripts (E-transcripts) should be sent to [email protected] This is a special e-mail address only for secure electronic transcripts delivered via National Student Clearinghouse, eScrip-Safe, Parchment, and Truecopy Credentials. Please check with the registrar or records office at your college/university to see if they provide secure electronic certified transcript service. (Transcripts sent as email attachments are not accepted as official documents.)
  • Any documents that are not uploaded with your online application will need to be mailed in one envelope (with the name of the applicant as it appears on the application written on the front) to Graduate Studies. Please do not staple, clip, bind, brad, or tie your documents together. Leave all sheets loose, and stack them in order.

U.S. Citizens

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Note that transcripts printed from your student account and degree audits aren't acceptable. Please make sure that any degrees awarded are posted on your official transcript.
  • English translations of any transcripts submitted for review that aren't in English. If the institution won't provide a translated copy, translations done by a public translator (through an embassy or an apostille) will be accepted.
  • Official GRE/GMAT test scores sent directly to Georgia Tech from ETS.
  • Lawful Presence verification.
  • To be considered a resident of the State of Georgia, a copy of a valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia voter registration card is required.


  • Unofficial copy of GRE/GMAT score sheets.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Permanent Residents


  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Note that transcripts printed from your student account and degree audits or self-translated transcripts and transcripts from evaluation services (e.g., World Education Services or Josef Silny) aren't acceptable.
  • English translations of any transcripts submitted for review that aren't in English. If the institution won't provide a translated copy, translations done by a public translator (through an embassy or an apostille) will be accepted.
  • Official GRE/GMAT test scores sent directly from ETS.
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card.
  • To be considered a resident of the State of Georgia, a copy of a valid Georgia driver's license or Georgia voter registration card is required.


  • Unofficial copy of GRE/GMAT score sheets.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Non-U.S. Citizens/Aliens

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in your native language. Note that transcripts printed from your student account and degree audits or self-translated transcripts and transcripts from evaluation services (e.g., World Education Services or Josef Silny) aren't acceptable.
  • English translations of any transcripts submitted for review. If the institution won't provide a translated copy, translations done by a public translator (through your embassy or an apostille) will be accepted.
  • Native language degree documents, if awarded degree isn't noted on transcript(s).
  • English translations of degree documents submitted. If the institution won't provide a translated copy, translations done by a public translator (through your embassy or an apostille) will be accepted.
  • Official GRE/GMAT/TOEFL scores sent directly from ETS.


  • Unofficial copy of GRE/GMAT/TOEFL score sheets.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Transient Students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Georgia Residents Only)

  • Letter of good standing from the registrar at the institution you are currently attending. No transcripts or test scores are required.
  • Lawful Presence verification.

Application documents may be submitted in the following ways. We strongly recommend electronic submission whenever possible.

Starting A New Application

  • To apply to any program at Georgia Tech, you will complete an online application, which is hosted by CollegeNet. (You will be entering your information on their secure server.) You will be asked to create a user ID and password. Please write both down for future use.
  • Don't worry about completing the application at once. You may start it, save it, and return to it at a later time using your user ID and password. Also, remember to visit your program's information page and complete all additional requirements

Finishing a Previously Started Application

  • If you have already started an application and have not submitted it, you can use your self-created username and password for CollegeNet and log in to finish your application.

Document Deadlines & Submission

Supporting documents will be added to your application as long as they are sent by:

  • *Early Action: December 1
  • **Regular Decision: February 1

You SHOULD NOT wait until the last minute to send documents to us. 
Scores from standardized tests already taken should be sent to us immediately so your file is not held up in initial review. Additional scores may be sent once available until the dates listed above.

*Early Action

  • Students who wish to be considered for academic scholarships, such as the President's Scholarship, Scheller Dean's Scholarship and others, must apply by October 15.
  • The Early Action application date is non-binding, and the application and evaluation is the same as for Regular Decision.

**Regular Decision

  • January 1 is the last date to apply for freshman admission for the following summer/fall term. The application and evaluation is the same as for Early Action.

Mailing Address

Graduate Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology
631 Cherry Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0321

Our advice for completing this portion of the application

  • Take both tests! Many students feel more comfortable with one testing format over the other, resulting in higher scores.
  • Send us your scores when you take the test – don’t wait! Your scores may fluctuate with each test instance, but we will only use the highest section in our review of your application. Delaying sending us your scores could put you at risk of missing an application date or being excluded from information sent from our office.
  • Keep us informed. If you plan to retake a test after your submission date, tell us on your application.


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