How long does it take to earn a degree?
While there is no fixed timeline, the M.S. degree is generally expected to take about 2 years to complete and the Ph.D. degree around 4 years. These times can vary based on student progress.
Do you offer assistantships?
We generally do not offer assistantships for our M.S. program.
We only admit students to our Ph.D. program if we can identify a source of funding. Funding comes from departmental and college assistantships, competitive fellowships given by UGA, research assistantships from individual investigators, or funding that students are able to secure themselves. Because we ensure that each of our Ph.D. students is funded, the amount of funding is usually the factor limiting the number of students we take. Therefore, if you have your own source of funding, please state this explicitly and explain briefly at the end of your personal statement. This can have an impact on your admission decision.
What are the minimum scores and grades I need to be admitted?
We do not have hard minimum requirements for test scores or grades beyond those specified by the UGA Graduate School. We evaluate each application in full and consider suitability based on the full application. In general, for the M.S. program, every student we deem qualified is admitted. For the Ph.D. program, we usually have more qualified students than we can fund, thus admission is competitive and depends on the applicant pool.
Can I work while doing the M.S. or Ph.D.?
While our degrees are designed with full-time students in mind, we had and have students who successfully manage to go through the program while working, some of them full-time. Working students generally take less courses per semester and therefore might take somewhat longer to complete the degree.
When do I choose my area of emphasis?
You need to pick your area of emphasis when you apply.
If I want to change my area of emphasis later, can I do so?
This might be possible. However, you will be reviewed by our faculty and only if the determination is made that you are qualified for whichever area you want to change to will you be allowed to do so.
Where can I find out more about coursework and other details?
You can find a lot of additional details in the student handbook. Download the most recent version here.