Overall FAQs

What is the story behind QBioS?

Georgia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences was founded in 2015. The PhD in Quantitative Biosciences is designed to provide students training in the quantitative analysis of problems in the biosciences – spanning foundational advances and application to challenges in human health, energy and the environment.

What is a Home School?

The QBioS Graduate Program is one of Georgia Tech’s few interdisciplinary graduate programs.  It is independent of any particular school or department and is supported by the College of Sciences.  Participating academic units are called Home Schools.  QBioS allows students in any Home School to pair with advisors in any Home School.

As of August 1, 2016, the participating  Home Schools in QBIOS include the Schools of  Biological Sciences (SoBS),  Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM),  Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), Mathematics (MATH),  Physics (PHYS) and Psychology (PSYC).

Home Schools admit students to QBioS and set administrative policies for students in that Home School (such as stipend policies).  Home Schools do not administer degree requirements, such as thesis proposal evaluation, approval of programs of study, and procedures related to dissertation committee selection and defense.  Programmatic requirements are set by the QBioS program faculty.

The Home School of the student and the student’s research advisor set policies regarding laboratory and research infrastructure. The Home School is also responsible for the administration of tuition waivers.

In some cases, a student may wish to change Home Schools; the most common scenario is to change into the Home School of the advisor. Changing Home Schools requires the consent of the student’s thesis advisor as well as the graduate office of the new Home School.

What do you mean by "Program Faculty"?

Program Faculty are those Georgia Tech faculty members who can serve as a primary thesis supervisor for a Ph.D. in Quantitative BioSciences.  These faculty members have appointments in any of the six Schools in the College of Sciences. Students may work with any Program Faculty irrespective of their Home School.

What is the difference between a School and a Department?

Nothing.  Georgia Tech’s core academic units are “Schools” (what other institutions call “Departments).  These Schools are organized within distinct “Colleges”.  For example, the QBioS program includes faculty from six Schools in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Where is Georgia Tech located?

The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is located in Midtown Atlanta.  The campus is easily accessible by public transportation -  http://www.gatech.edu/visit - and is within walking distance of many Atlanta attractions, including Piedmont Park, the High Museum of Art, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.