Admissions

The MSPO program operates on a Fall-only annual admissions cycle.

Complete applications and all supporting documents for Fall 2017 MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15, 2017*. Additional information is available at the graduate school application site. The online application is available here.

The MSPO program at Georgia Tech selects applicants for admission based on:

While you are enrolled as an undergraduate, you may be able to “CLEP” some prerequisite course requirements in order to get credit. (Students should consider advanced placement, such as the College Level Examination Placement [CLEP] testing whenever possible).

In addition to completing a general graduate application, MSPO applicants will be required to provide GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international applicants), verification of an accredited Bachelor’s degree, and transcripts of completed coursework. Please see the Prerequisites page for coursework required prior to entering the MSPO program.

Information for international students

Contact Information

Name: Adrienne Durham
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Email: adrienne.durham@biosci.gatech.edu
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Phone: (404) 894-7658
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Fax: (404) 894-9982
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Mail: MSPO Program
 . School of Biological Sciences
 . Georgia Institute of Technology
 . 555 14th Street NW
 . Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0356

 

NOTE: This address is not always accurate through mapping programs such as Mapquest, YahooMaps, etc. For the exact location, see our directions page.

General Admissions Standards

Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA):

Generally a 3.0 cumulative average is the minimum. A cumulative average GPA higher than 3.0 is recommended.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores:

No minimum GRE scores have been established for applicants, although students admitted to the MSPO program had competitive scores.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

Georgia Tech dictates a minimum score of 213 for the computer version of the test, 550 for the paper version of the test or 79 for the internet version of the test. International students previously accepted to the MSPO program had an average TOEFL score of 250 on the computer based test.

Gauging the Strength of Your Application

Each year, the MSPO program has encountered applicants with competitive credentials. In order for applicants to the MSPO program to gauge their own cumulative grade point average (GPA) and graduate record exam (GRE) scores, we have provided average values of previous incoming classes of students accepted into the MSPO program since 2002. (Note: admission to the MSPO program is not solely based on GPA and GRE scores; it also includes letters of recommendation, application essay and the student’s background and knowledge of the profession of prosthetics and orthotics).

Applicant Year
Average GPA
(4 point scale)
Average GRE (Verbal)
Average GRE (Quantitative)

Average GRE (Analytical)

2002
3.52
518
688
660
2003
3.24
509
718
692
2004
3.21
479
731
5
2005
3.42
532
719
5
2006
3.51
544
732
5
2007
3.52
485
676
4.5
2008
3.58
520
716
4.4
2009
3.52
533
701
4.4
2010
3.68
558
740
4.5
2011
3.44
538
728
4.0
2012
3.43
157
160
4.3
2013
3.44
169
184
4.0
2014
3.20
152
154
4.0

What Do the GRE Scores Mean?

The GRE has changed as of August 1, 2011 with a vastly different scoring system. It is not known yet how this will affect the admissions criteria as the first scores from the revised GRE will not be reported until November 2011. Please visit www.ets.org for more detailed and up-to-date information. Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test.

GRE revised General Test (tests taken on or after August 1, 2011)
Measure
Scores Reported*
Verbal Reasoning
130-170, in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning
130-170, in 1-point increments
Analytical Writing
0-6, in half-point increments

*GRE revised General Test Scores will be reported beginning in November 2011.

GRE General Test (tests taken prior to August 1, 2011)
Measure
Scores Reported*
Verbal Reasoning
200-800, in 10-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning
200-800, in 10-point increments
Analytical Writing
0-6, in half-point increments

*In November, a newly designed score report will be introduced when score reporting begins for the GRE revised General Test. For individuals who took the GRE General Test prior to August 1, 2011, the score report will include your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on the 200 – 800 scale as well as estimated Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on the new 130 – 170 score scale.

Scores are valid for five years.

The GRE General Test scores provide a common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid the MSPO selection committee in evaluating grades, letters of recommendation and other areas of the student’s application.

Ways to Enhance Your Application to the MSPO Program

  • Visit the campus and the MSPO Program! A face to face visit with the faculty, staff, and students is a great way to get to know the campus and our program. At the same time, this is the only way for us to meet you. Since we do not require interviews as part of the admissions process, this is your opportunity to present yourself in a way that we may not be able to ascertain through the online application.
  • greetGain exposure to the field of orthotics and prosthetics by volunteering or interning at a hospital, clinical rehabilitation facility, clinical orthotics and prosthetics facility, or a research facility. To locate an orthotics or prosthetics clinical care facility near you for job shadowing, visit the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc website. The site contains a search engine to locate a practitioner in your area.
  • Become familiar/comfortable with Microsoft Windows software.
  • Enroll in art/drawing/sculpture courses.
  • Become familiar with the use of power tools.