Industrial engineering, operations research, and systems engineering are fields of study intended for individuals who are interested in analyzing and formulating abstract models of complex systems with the intention of improving system performance. Unlike traditional disciplines in engineering and the mathematical sciences, the fields address the role of the human decision-maker as key contributor to the inherent complexity of systems and primary benefactor of the analyses.
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At ISyE, we are a national leader in 10 core fields of specialization: Advanced Manufacturing, Analytics and Machine Learning, Applied Probability and Simulation, Data Science and Statistics, Economic Decision Analysis, Energy and Sustainable Systems, Health and Humanitarian Systems, Optimization, Supply Chain Engineering, and Systems Informatics and Control.
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If I am taking online classes, will the classes be live, and am I required to attend the live class sessions?
Almost all of the online courses will be designed in such way that you will not have to be present for the live presentation. We realize that many of our students are in different time zones and we intend to accommodate you all. The course(s) will either be taped ahead of time allowing you to access the video at your convenience, or the course will be recorded as it's live allowing you to access the video at your convenience.
Can I arrive late in the semester if I’m not able to get my visa on time?
Federal regulations require that all F and J student visa holders arrive to campus and complete the OIE check-in process no later than 30 days after the start of the semester. However, ISyE will consider “late arrivals” on a case by case basis. If your visa process is delayed and you need to arrive after the start of classes, please reach out to our Graduate Programs Manager and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for further guidance.
Can I request transfer credit form another school?
Any transfer credit must be requested in a student's first semester at Georgia Tech. The maximum transfer credit allowed is up to six credit hours. Students must supply their transcript and the relevant course syllabi to the Graduate Programs Manager who will then ask the appropriate ISyE faculty member(s) for their evaluations.
Do I need to pay a deposit or matriculation fee?
No. There is no deposit or matriculation fee required.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to obtain my visa on time, if I begin the semester by taking online courses, can I switch to the GT Atlanta campus mid-semester if I am able to get my visa?
No. Federal regulations require that all F and J student visa holders arrive to campus and complete the OIE check-in process no later than 30 days after the start of the semester. However, ISyE will consider “late arrivals” on a case by case basis. If your visa process is delayed and you need to arrive after the start of classes, please reach out to our Graduate Programs Manager and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for further guidance.
Due to the pandemic, will classes be on-campus Fall 2020 or online?
Currently, Georgia Tech is exploring various options for fall course delivery. We hope to have an on-campus presence, but we will also ensure that it will be possible to take courses remotely if needed. We will provide more details on the fall format as soon as this is finalized by Georgia Tech leadership and the Board of Regents.
I am an incoming graduate student. When can I register for classes?
New graduate students register for classes during the Phase II registration window according to the Registrar’s academic calendar (https://registrar.gatech.edu/calendar). Just before registration begins, students will have an assigned time ticket emailed to them specifying the date/time your access to the registration system will begin.
I have already received my I-20 but now I need to defer my admission to a future semester. Do I need a new I-20?
Students will receive updates throughout this process from the OIE via email.
I have been admitted for Fall 2020 but due to COVID-19, I am not sure if I can obtain my visa in time to start classes in August. What are my options?
We understand this is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and we are doing our best to be as flexible as possible. Here are the options we can offer at this time:
Make every effort to arrive in time for Fall 2020
Take classes online as a Distance Learning student Fall 2020, even just one or two, and aim to arrive in Atlanta for Spring 2021
Defer to Spring 2021
Request a Fall 2021 deferral, which will be considered later this summer once the current very fluid situation becomes more clear
Note, if you can not start classes in Atlanta this August, we strongly urge you to consider option 2 above, as this will enable you to at least get a couple of the courses out of the way. The I-20/Visa is not needed for an international student studying online.
I have not received my I-20 yet. What should I do?
International students who intend to enroll at GT’s Atlanta campus and require an I-20 please note: the I-20 process cannot begin until (1) Graduate Studies has finalized your record (their office must verify certain documents and, unfortunately, this takes some time), and (2) you have accepted the offer. Our office is monitoring admissions regularly and will initiate the new student I-20 as quickly as possible. We understand this is time sensitive, so rest assured, we will work to move this process along as quickly and as smoothly as we can. You can go ahead and provide the shipping address by filling out this form, https://forms.isye.gatech.edu/ds2019-i20. Upon our initiating the I-20 process, you will be notified by the Office of International Education (OIE) iStart system, prompting you to complete your portion of the request. This includes financials.
What are the tuition and fee rates?
Tuition and fee rates for all programs are listed on the Georgia Tech Bursar’s website here: https://www.bursar.gatech.edu/student/tuition/fy21_all-fee.pdf. Simply click “Master & PhD Candidates” to view the breakdown of in-state and out-of-state rates. Note, full-time enrollment consists of 12+ credit hours. Also note that online students are not required to be full-time.
What classes should I register for in my first semester?
We will go over this during our new student orientation. Additionally, the faculty advisor named in your acceptance letter will reach out prior to registration with some helpful tips on courses you might want to consider and a proposed program of study plan.
When and where should I send in my missing documents?
Although you uploaded unofficial documents when you applied, you must also submit your final official transcript (and any other missing document(s) noted on your status-check) to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to the start of classes. New students can either mail the documents in or hand-deliver to the following address when they arrive to campus:
Office of Graduate Studies
631 Cherry St., Suite 318
Atlanta, GA 3033-0321
When must I make my decision, and how do I inform ISyE?
For our planning purposes, as well as ensuring we have enough time for I-20 processing, we ask that new students inform us of their “final” decision to enroll by the date listed in the offer letter. If it turns out that you require a little more flexibility, we will do our very best to work with you. We realize the current situation has made it extremely difficult to make and finalize decisions. Incoming students should notify Amanda Ford of their decision (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When will new student orientation be?
Each year, ISyE holds a mandatory new student orientation sessions for all graduate programs the week prior to classes beginning. Due to COVID-19, we can expect this year's orientation sessions to be held virtually. In addition to our ISyE new student orientation, the Office of Graduate Studies holds their own sessions which you may choose to attend (https://grad.gatech.edu/orientation-gradexpo).
Where can I find the “Complete your Decision” button as indicated in my acceptance letter?
The “Complete your Decision” button will not be visible to you until the Office of Graduate Studies finalizes your admission record. Unfortunately, this process takes some time. If you know your decision, feel free to let us know and we will be happy to update your decision on our side.
Will a deferral affect my ability to take an internship (complete CPT) during Summer 2021?
Initially, the answer to this question was “yes”. However, we are creating track options for each of our Master's programs that will include an approved internship as a program requirement without increasing the required number of degree credit-hours. F-1 students that select these tracks will qualify for curricular practical training (CPT) during the semester (fall, spring, summer) of the approved internship. We believe resident students will be ready to complete an internship requirement after one semester of completed program coursework, and thus all students joining in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 should qualify for Summer 2021 CPT.
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Industrial and Systems Engineering
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