PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Public Policy


The School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech is distinctive for focusing on issues where science, technology, and innovation are of critical concern — and in a technology-driven world, this includes virtually every policy area. Our graduate programs are small and selective, offering students the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning faculty both in the classroom and on real-world policy projects and allowing us to provide a rich assistantship experience to almost all of our graduate students. Graduate students in the School of Public Policy benefit from Georgia Tech’s world class science and engineering programs as well as our location within mid-town Atlanta and the proximity this provides to policymaking activity at the state and local levels.

Degrees Offered

MS in Public Policy (MSPP) (2 years)
MS in Cybersecurity (Policy Track) (1 year)
Dual MS in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning (3 years)

PhD in Public Policy

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
Cybersecurity - Information, Communication and Technology Policy
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Economic Development and Smart Cities
Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration

Area Studies


Graduate Program Overview

The School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, located within one of the world’s top technology research institutes, offers graduate students nearly unparalleled opportunities to study policy issues where science and technology are of critical concern. Our graduate programs combine training in the theory and practice of policy analysis and research with the opportunity to specialize in one of the School’s areas of strength, including energy and environmental policy, information and communications policy, science and technology policy, and urban and regional economic development policy. Students may also choose to focus their studies on cross-cutting topics, including policy evaluation and public management, or design their own concentration drawing on the strengths of the School of Public Policy and Georgia Tech.

Our graduate students come from a variety of backgrounds, with some having work experience before joining the program and others coming straight from an undergraduate degree. We have a large number of students with science or engineering backgrounds, as well as many students with social science or humanities degrees. Our student body is diverse and international, and we encourage students with an interest in public policy to apply, whatever their background.

Admissions Deadline

MSPP (Spring Enrollment): Oct 31
MSPP (Fall Enrollment): Feb 15 (priority date)

MS Cyber: Feb 15

PhD: Jan 15

Admissions Overview

Requirements: Official transcripts from all schools attended, GRE scores, TOEFL scores for international applicants who do not hold a degree from an English-speaking institution, essays and three letters of recommendation.

Contact Information

Georgia Institute of Technology
685 Cherry St
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 894-0417

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