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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.

Statement on COVID-19

We have not made any changes to our admissions cycle or policies due to COVID-19. Currently, we expect some recruitment activitiess for 2022 to happen in person. If you have questions or concerns about admissions related to COVID-19, please contact us at We have also prepared this article to address some common questions applicants may have about COVID-19 and their graduate school plans.


  • 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." Choose up to five.
  • Statement of Purpose
    Recommended 1-3 pages. Address your reasons for selecting your Faculty of Interest. 
  • Diversity Statement
    Maximum of 500 words. Optional, but recommended.
  • Research Experience and Interests
    You will be asked to list up to five research experiences in addition to any research discussed in your statement of purpose. 
  • Language Test Scores
    TOEFL or IELTS required of applicants who have not studied for at least one year in an English-speaking country. Minimum score requirement for Fall 2022 is TOEFL: 95/IELTS: 7.5.


  • $31,775 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 admissions fellowships. Additionally, enrolled students can apply to over $15,000 of supplemental graduate achievement awards each year.


  • September
    Application opens in mid-September.
  • 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.