Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

How long is the program?

How do I obtain an application?

When is the application deadline?

Are GRE’s required?

Is a residency required after the program?

When can I become certified as a CPO?

Do you offer prosthetics, orthotics, or both?

Do you have any options for people already certified in one discipline?

What other schools/programs exist in the US?

What prerequisites are required for the program?

How much is tuition, and is financial assistance available?

Are teaching or research assistantships available?

How many students are accepted each fall?

What do students do during the summer between 1st and 2nd year?

Why enroll in a Masters program at Georgia Tech?

Is P&O technical experience required before I enroll?

How can I enhance my application?


When does the program start?

The program starts every Fall. Admissions occur on an annual basis. The program structure cannot accommodate Spring or Summer admissions. However, students may take prerequisite classes at Georgia Tech the summer before starting the program.

How long is the program?

The program lasts two academic years. The program combines time in classes and laboratories at Georgia Tech with clinical instruction and hands-on training at a variety of “real-world” clinical facilities.

How do I obtain an application?

A link to the online application is available on the Admissions page. Applications are administered by the Graduate School.

When is the application deadline?

Complete applications and all supporting documents for Fall 2016 MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15, 2016*. Additional information is available at the graduate school application site. The online application is availablehere.

Are GRE’s required?

Yes, the GRE General test scores will be required. Subject tests are not required. Information concerning times and locations for these tests can be obtained from Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541-6000.

Is a residency required after the program?

Georgia Tech MSPO graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue practitioner board certification immediately following graduation. The first step toward becoming certified is completion of a residency in either Prosthetics or Orthotics. The residency is a critical component of the educational process, and accredited residency programs exist across the country. Upon completion of your first residency you may sit for the board examination in that discipline. Upon successful completion of the board examination, you are awarded the title of either Certified Prosthetist (CP) or Certified Orthotist (CO).

When can I become certified as a CPO?

Once you have completed your first year of residency and become certified in one of the two disciplines, NCOPE has a provision for you to practice in that discipline while completing a residency in the other discipline. From the time of graduation, it is possible to attain the credential of CPO in approximately 2 ½ to 3 years. There is now an alternative option of an 18-month residency to complete both prosthetics and orthotics in the same facility, which may become an increasing popular option as more health care facilities create these residencies.

Do you offer prosthetics, orthotics, or both?

The program offers and, at this point, requires students to be educated and trained in both prosthetics and orthotics.

Do you have any options for people already certified in one discipline?

The MSPO program is an entry level masters degree designed to train students in both prosthetics and orthotics and does not offer any options for individuals who are already certified in one discipline. However, if you are currently certified and interested in graduate studies, the Georgia Tech School of Applied Physiology now offers a PhD program with a track in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

What other schools/programs exist in the US?

Traditionally P&O programs in the U.S. were either baccalaureate degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates. Georgia Tech’s MSPO was the first accredited entry-level Master’s program in the U.S. NCOPE and ABC have accepted the entry-level master’s degree as the new minimum standard of education and all new and existing schools will need to be at the master’s level by 2013. Visit the NCOPE website for more information regarding other schools and the transition to the master’s degree.

What prerequisites are required for the program?

Please check the page on Prerequisites.

How much is tuition, and is financial assistance available?

For Georgia Tech’s published graduate tuition rates and a link to financial aid information, see the Tuition & Fees page. Enrollment in the MSPO program requires additional course fees and higher tuition than standard Georgia Tech Rates.

Are teaching or research assistantships available?

Possibly. Some teaching or research assistantships may be available from various faculty members’ extramural grants. Students who are interested in the possibility of working in this environment and securing reduced or waived tuition should explore these options by contacting various laboratories across the Georgia Tech campus. Some MSPO students have acquired graduate teaching or research assistantships and have secured a tuition waiver.

How many students will be accepted each fall?

The MSPO program’s maximum class size is 14 students.

What do students do during the summer between 1st and 2nd year?

While there are no formal classes, most students are still involved in numerous projects that pertain to their education at Georgia Tech. Many students use the summer to complete clinical practicum hours, starting on their research, or working to increase familiarity with the technical side of the field. All of these activities are strongly encouraged and the faculty here will assist students in finding opportunities closer to home if desired. Any time devoted to these areas (especially the first two) will allow more time to focus on course work, finishing research projects and interviewing for residencies during your final two semesters.

Why enroll in a Masters program at Georgia Tech?

The concept of entry-level Master’s education in P&O is relatively new, but we at Georgia Tech expect it to redefine P&O education in the new millennium. Students now face a choice between a traditional post-baccalaureate certificate program and our entry-level Master’s program. The Georgia Tech MSPO offers several advantages beyond a standard certificate:

    • The curriculum is more detailed and covers a broader range of current topics;
    • The program uses research as a teaching tool in Georgia Tech’s cutting-edge laboratories;
    • An MSPO graduate degree from Georgia Tech gives students more options, including clinical practice, research and development, product design and manufacture, academic and clinical research, teaching in P&O, or a terminal academic degree (i.e. Ph.D., M.D.) in a related discipline;
    • With the advent of the new PhD program in the School of Applied Physiology, graduates of the MSPO Program now have the option to advance their studies to a terminal academic degree with a focus on Prosthetics and/or Orthotics.

In addition to a host of other advantages, students should consider the perspective of employers who would hire P&O graduates. The job market is strong, and employees are struggling to fill positions. We think the graduate with the Georgia Tech MSPO degree will be the most attractive graduate available to potential employers.

For more information about the philosophy at Georgia Tech, see The Master’s Concept and Education Mission

Is P&O technical experience required before I enroll?

No. While technical and clinical experience in P&O would be a valuable asset, it is not required. Students will be exposed to the necessary technical and clinical skills in the program.

How can I enhance my application?
    • 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.
    • Gain 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.