The requirements on this page are minimum requirements, and many programs may have additional requirements. Always check with the program you are applying to -- you can start on our Program Admissions Requirements page.

A complete application to the Laney Graduate School must include these elements:
  1. Transcripts
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. $75 Application Fee

Applications to PhD programs may include an optional diversity statement.

Programs often require additional items: visit our Program Admissions Requirements page, and always check on the website of the program you are applying to for program specific requirements and instructions.

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.  If your electronic transcript has security features, you can print it, scan it, and then upload the scanned version — this will remove security features like passwords or expiration dates.

Please do not send us transcripts, either by mail or email. For your application, we accept only transcripts attached to your online application. 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).  Until then, submit only the transcripts you attach to the online application.

Two special considerations apply mainly to international applicants:

  • Transcripts must be in English, or be accompanied by notarized translations (please upload both the original and the translation, combined into one file).
  • Applicants with transcripts from international institutions may want to consider submitting credential evaluation reports; some programs strongly encourage such evaluation reports. For details, 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. 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 your academic interests and how they developed.
  • 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Application Fee

Our application fee is $75. The fee is non-refundable, and can be paid by credit card as part of the online application.  We offer some fee waivers.

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; a prompt for the statement appears in the application and can be previewed at the link below. 

Preview the diversity statement prompt

Program Specific Requirements

Most programs have specific requirements for their applications. Visit our Program Admissions Requirements page, and of course the website of the program you are interested in applying to.