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Apply to the Graduate Program

Applications to our graduate program open in September of each year and are accepted online via the Laney Graduate School.

The application deadline is December 1st.

The application fee is $75. Laney Graduate School offers fee waivers to students who attend certain programs that prepare them for graduate study and in cases where the fee presents a financial hardship.


  • Transcripts
    Unofficial is fine for review purposes.
  • Email addresses for recommenders
    We require 3 and allow up to 4.
  • Faculty of Interest
    Filter the faculty list on our People page by "Accepting Graduate Students."
  • Personal Statement
    Recommended 1-3 pages. Address your reasons for selecting your Faculty of Interest.
  • Diversity Statement
    Optional, but recommended.
  • Research Experience and Interests
    You will be asked to list up to five research experiences in addition to any research discussion in your statement.
  • Language Test Scores
    TOEFL or IELTS required of applicants who have not studied for at least one year in an English-speaking country.


  • $31,000 base stipend
    All accepted applicants receive our generous base stipend.
  • 100% Tuition Subsidy and Insurance Waiver
    Offers to admitted applicants include a tuition waiver (currently worth $20,000/semester) and a 100% waiver of the costs of health insurance enrollment.
  • $8,000 in Professional Development Funding
    All admitted students may apply for internal funds for conferences, training, and research during their time at Emory.
  • Merit Awards – Now and in the Future
    All admitted students are automatically considered for merit awards. Additionally, enrolled students can apply to over $15,000 of supplemental graduate achievement awards each year.


  • Early September
    Application opens, usually on or around September 1st.
  • December 1st
    Final application deadline. Preparation of admissions offers begins; most admitted students should expect to hear from us by mid-January. However, if you have not heard from us, your application is still being considered. 
  • Late February
    Recruitment Weekend for Admitted Students (Invitation Only)
  • April 15th
    Final Decision Deadline for Admitted Students. Instructions for accepting an offer can be found here.