Admitted Applicant Information

This page contains information for applicants who have been offered admission to the Laney Graduate School.

Offers and Replies

If you have come to a decision, please let us know as soon as is feasible.  That helps those who may be on waiting lists, and we appreciate knowing early.

The Laney Graduate School adheres to the Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants developed by the Council of Graduate Schools, and affirmed most recently in 2019. That resolution states:

"Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student to first inform the program that they are withdrawing or resigning from the offer of financial support that they previously had accepted."

Full text of the CGS Resolution

Due Progress/Good Standing Conditions

To maintain eligibility for merit awards, students must meet the standards for satisfactory academic work. The Laney Graduate School minimum standard is a GPA of 2.7 or better, no Fs, no Us, and no more than one incomplete in any semester. Detailed information about this and other policies regarding academic progress are in our Handbook.  Programs may have more stringent standards, articulated in program handbooks. 

Health Insurance Requirement

All degree-seeking and international students at Emory University must have health insurance coverage. Students are required to either enroll in the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP), or have health insurance that meets specific waiver criteria.  Students who are covered under Emory's plan may purchase additional coverage for family members.

Information about waivers and enrollment is on our Health Insurance page.  

International Applicants

If you accept admission, you will need to start the process of acquiring a visa. The steps are spelled out on the New International Students page.  

Employment Restriction

Students who accept merit awards (fellowships that a carry a stipend) are expected to devote themselves full time to their studies, and not be employed. The terms of a merit award made by the Laney Graduate School may prevent a student from gaining employment.  Before accepting employment concurrently with receipt of a merit award, a student should consult with their Director of Graduate Studies or Program Director, and obtain the permission of the Dean of the Laney Graduate School. 

Tuition and Fees

In 2020-21, our tuition charge is $21,900 per term.  In 2020-21, standard student fees total $438 in fall and spring, and $250 in summer. There is more information about this on our Tuition and Costs page.

All new degree and certificate students are required to pay a one-time transcript fee of $70 at the time they first enroll.  This is a one-time fee that pays for all future transcripts.  For more information see the Registrar's website.

Tax Liability

Unless students are exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRS) Section 117, scholarships, fellowships, grants, stipends and awards are generally considered taxable income. Students are required to report these amounts on federal and state income tax returns and are advised to consult tax advisers or the IRS and state revenue authorities for additional information.