AE Graduate Program FAQ


The only stupid question is the one you don't ask

On this page, the AE Academic Advising Office will link you to answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have a suggestion for a new query, or you would like to propose a better answer than the one listed here, please let us know.


Graduate Advising

  • Q: How do I get an academic advisor?
  • Q: Whom do I notify if I change my academic advisor?
  • Q: How do I get an academic advisor if I am a Distance Learning student?

M.S. Course Requirements

  • Q: What are the M.S. degree requirements?
  • Q: Is it mandatory to take AE 8801?
  • Q: What are technical/non-technical courses?
  • Q: How many credit-hours earned outside of Georgia Tech can be transferred towards master’s degree at Georgia Tech?
  • Q: What is the minimum credit-hours students can be enrolled in?
  • Q: What is considered full-time?
  • Q: How do I proceed with a grade of “I” (Incomplete)?
  • Q: How do I proceed with a grade of “F” (Fail)?

M.S. Proposal

  • Q: How many committee members do I need for my M.S. Proposal?
  • Q: When do I announce my M.S. Proposal? 
  • Q: How do I announce my M.S. Proposal?
  • Q: How and where do I sign and submit documents after my M.S. Proposal?

M.S. Defense

  • Q: How many committee members do I need for my M.S. Defense?
  • Q: When do I announce my M.S. Defense?
  • Q: How do I announce my M.S. Defense?
  • Q: How and where do I sign and submit documents after my M.S. Defense?

Ph.D. Course Requirements

  • Q: What are the Ph.D. degree requirements?
  • Q: Is it mandatory to take AE 8801?
  • Q: What are Technical/Non-technical courses? 
  • Q: How many credit hours earned outside of Georgia Tech can be transferred towards a Ph.D. degreeat Georgia Tech?
  • Q: What is the minimum credit hours students can be enrolled in?
  • Q: What is considered full-time?
  • Q: How do I proceed with a grade of “I” (Incomplete)?
  • Q: How do I proceed with a grade of “F” (Fail)?

Ph.D. Qualifying Exams

  • Q: When is the best time to take qualifying exams?
  • Q: What qualifies me to take the exams?
  • Q: How many chances am I given to pass the exams?

Ph.D. Proposal

  • Q: How many committee members do I need for my Ph.D. proposal?
  • Q: How many committee members can remotely attend?
  • Q: When do I announce my Ph.D. proposal?
  • Q: How do I announce my Ph.D. proposal?
  • Q: How and where do I sign and submit documents after my Ph.D. proposal?

Ph.D. Defense

  • Q: How many committee members do I need for my Ph. D. defense? 
  • Q: How many committee members can remotely attend?
  • Q: When do I announce my Ph.D. Defense?
  • Q: How do I announce my Ph.D. Defense?
  • Q: How and where do I sign and submit documents after my Ph.D. Defense?

Distance Learning

  • Q: Where can we get orientation information for Distance Learning students?
  • Q: Whom do I contact to change the status of my program?
  • Q: What is the minimum number of credit-hours I must register for?
  • Q: How do we proceed with forms for proposals, defenses, or theses?
  • Q: How and when do I register for AE 8900?

International Students

  • Q: Where do I begin with immigration documents request?
  • Q: How do I extend/renew my program?
  • Q: Do I need to notify anyone if I am traveling outside of the United States?
  • Q: Can I continue my program if my visa has expired?

Graduation Requirements

  • Q: When and where do I submit Program of Studies?
  • Q: How do I apply to graduate?
  • Q: What is the minimum GPA required to graduate?
  • Q: When is Summer Commencement?
  • Q: I'm also pursuing a minor. Do I have to officially declare my minor?
  • Q: I applied to graduate in a previous term, but the degree was not awarded. When and how can I apply again to graduate?