The requirements below are minimum requirements, and many programs may have additional requirements. Always check with the program you are applying to, to make sure you understand all requirements.  Scroll down or click here for links to program admissions pages.

A complete application to the Laney Graduate School must include these elements:

  1. Transcripts
  2. Standardized Test Scores (requirements vary by program)
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
  6. $75 Application Fee

PhD program applications may also include:

  • An optional diversity statement

1. Transcripts

As part of the online application, upload a scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended, present school included. (This requirement applies to applicants who are or were enrolled at Emory.)

  • The transcripts must be issued by the registrar’s office.  Unofficial copies issued to the student are fine.
  • We will not accept printed web pages from the University’s student information system. If you submit this, the processing of your application may be delayed.
  • If you want to upload an electronic transcript issued by your registrar's office, make sure we can open that document without passwords or other security information.

Please do not mail paper transcripts with your application unless your program specifically asks for that. Later on, if you are admitted and accept, then you will need to submit official copies (sealed or sent to us directly from a university registrar).

Transcripts must be in English, or be accompanied by notarized translations. (See our page for International Applicants.)

By the start of your first semester, one transcript must show that you have been awarded a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. If you are still enrolled and studying for your Bachelor's degree, we realize that the transcripts you upload cannot yet show this.

2. Standardized Test Scores

Many programs require GRE scores (general test), while others consider them optional.  To find out whether you need to submit scores, visit the website of the program you are applying to.  

If you are an international applicant, you may need to submit TOEFL scores. Again, check your program's requirements. 

If you are required or decide to submit GRE, GMAT and TOEFL test scores, you will need to arrange for us to receive official score reports. Our institution code is 5187 (no department code is needed).

3. Statement of Purpose

Check the website of the program you are applying to, since some programs have specific instructions for the statement of purpose. Unless the program asks for something different, the statement should incorporate the following:

  • A brief intellectual autobiography describing the formation of your academic interests and present concerns.
  • The special area of interest or particular problems, theories, movements, periods, etc., upon which your study would focus.
  • A description of tentative plans for research, either specific problems or general areas in which you hope to work.
  • A description of your research experience, including your role and the extent to which you were independently involved in the research.
  • An explanation of how your past experience, academic training or research experience has prepared you to pursue graduate work in your area of interest.

The statement is uploaded as part of the online application process.

4. Resume/CV

Your resume or CV should highlight relevant experience. You may wish to include:

  • academic awards and honors, including honors projects;
  • independent research experiences;
  • publications and presentations;
  • volunteer and extra-curricular experience;
  • internships and work experience; and
  • membership in professional and academic organizations.

The resume or CV is uploaded as part of the online application process.

5. Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic performance. You may submit one additional letter.

Contact your recommenders well ahead of time, to make sure they are aware of and can meet your application deadline. Your application is not complete until the letters have been submitted.

You request the letters as part of the online application process, and recommenders submit them online. You can send requests for letters of recommendations before you submit the final application. If a recommender is unable to use this system, contact the program you are applying to for instructions.

Our online system cannot accept letters of recommendation delivered through Interfolio and similar services. Our system asks questions that only the recommender can answer. If you are using Interfolio and cannot ask your recommender to use our system, contact the program you are applying to for instructions about what to do.

6. Application Fee

Our application fee is $75. It can be paid by credit card as part of the online application. The fee can also be paid by electronic check. Please be aware that this payment option adds several days of processing time before we receive the application.  We offer limited fee waivers for applicants who have participated in certain programs designed to prepare students for graduate study, and for applicants who can show financial hardship.

Optional Diversity Statement

Applications to PhD programs provide a place to attach a diversity statement.  The Laney Graduate School strives to create and strengthen an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging environment that embraces difference. We recognize that students from groups not traditionally represented in the academy enrich the fields of study and enhance the educational experience of all students.  As part of your application, you may attach a statement describing how your background and experiences demonstrate a commitment and ability to engage with issues of diversity and inclusion, and discussing how those commitments might be reflected in your graduate school career and beyond.

A diversity statement may be attached at page 10 of the application, along with other documents.  The complete prompt and instruction is available in the application; you can review it before starting the application on this page.

Program Admissions Requirements

In addition to the application requirements above, some programs require more. For example, many require a writing sample, a few ask for mailed transcripts, and ask for specific information about your research experience or other qualifications. 

Always check with the program you are applying to for additional requirements.  Click on your program of interest in the list below.

Need Help?

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Questions about program requirements: It is often best to contact the program you are applying to directly.  Use our Degree Programs page to find contact information.

General inquiries: If you do need to reach the Laney Graduate School, we are at