All application materials for the Digital Media Ph.D. Program must be received by January 3rd, 2021 for Fall 2021 admissions.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted online at In addition, you must provide a writing sample and a URL for web-based work samples in your online application.


• Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores (Code 5248) - We are in the process of waiving our GRE requirements.
• TOEFL score for non-native English speakers (Code 5248)
• Completed on-line Georgia Tech Graduate Application Form
• Georgia Tech Application Fee (Domestic Students): $75.00
• Georgia Tech Application Fee (International Students): $85.00
• Certified undergraduate transcript (also graduate transcripts, if applicable)
• Three letters of recommendation
• Statement of purpose explaining the role of the DM program in the applicant’s creative, intellectual, and professional development
• Writing sample and online portfolio submitted through the application


The writing sample should be a scholarly article or paper that effectively showcases your ability to craft and carry out an argument, to write clearly and critically, and to engage with key texts about the theory and practice of media in general and digital media in particular. A single-authored sample is preferred, but if you submit a co-authored paper, please indicate what aspects of its preparation you contributed specifically.


The work sample should be a sample of your own work that demonstrates your potential as a practitioner and analyst of digital media. Provide 1-3 concrete examples of a computational artifact that demonstrates your creative and technical abilities in expressive computing. Choose work that supports your research trajectory as described in the Statement of Purpose. A URL pointer to work on the Internet is required.


All prospective students applying to the Digital Media Program must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. All scores must be submitted to the following educational codes. If you are submitting your scores via the wizard at the conclusion of the computer-based test, submit it to “Communications / Communications-Other” under Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech Institution Code #5248

Score reports for computer-based tests are released to the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions office and the School of LMC approximately 6 weeks after the test date. Scores must be sent from ETS directly to Georgia Tech for scores to be considered valid.

If you did not enter the above codes at the conclusion of the computer-based test, please contact the ETS promptly to ensure the scores are sent to the correct school and department. If they are unable to be sent in the next electronic batch, please arrange for them to be mailed for receipt by February 1 to the following address:

Director of Graduate Studies
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Georgia Institute of Technology 
Digital Media – TSRB
85 Fifth Street
Atlanta, GA 30308



The Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center at Georgia Tech with major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is seeking two Ph.D students to work in areas of interactive narrative (advised by Professor Janet Murray) and Smart Cities and Social Justice (advised by Professor Nassim Parvin). This is a fully funded Ph.D in Digital Media ( providing tuition remission and a monthly stipend for the 9-month academic year though DILAC in the first two years followed by another two years of guaranteed funding through the Digital Media program. Interested students should apply through the admission process: indicate DILAC Interactive Narrative or DILAC Social Justice in the cover letters. For more on the Ph.D in Digital Media see, For the application process and requirement see, For questions about DILAC or the specific research areas reach out to or For questions about the admission process, please reach out to Mr. Michael Terrell



All Ph.D. students are guaranteed funding in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). Occasionally, we have faculty that may have funding, and applicants can be considered for specific opportunities outside of the general financing the department guarantees. As a GTA/GRA, Ph.D. students work 20 hours a week and earns a stipend of $2130 per month. Georgia Tech tuition for GRAs & GTAs is waived; however, students are required to pay all Georgia Tech Mandatory Student Fees plus $25.00. More information about Mandatory Student Fees may be found at the Georgia Tech Office of The Bursar website.


If you have questions, please contact:
Brian Magerko
Director of Graduate Studies, Digital Media
Technology Square Research Building 320B