Special Instructional Programs


Combined Degree Programs

The Graduate School offers certain combined degrees with other schools and colleges in the University. Selected students in the College of Arts and Sciences may be eligible for completion of combined AB and MA or BS and MS programs in a four-year period. Students in the College may also be allowed to complete AB and MBA or BS and MBA programs in five years. Students interested in these degree objectives should contact the University Honors Program.

Certain students in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences may be eligible to pursue the combined degrees of BSFCS and MBA; in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication students may be allowed to pursue combined programs leading to the ABJ and MBA degrees; and in the Terry College of Business students may be eligible to pursue combined programs leading to the BBA and MAcc degrees. All of these combined degree programs are designed to be completed in five years.

Students interested in the JD and MBA or JD and MAcc four-year combined degree programs should contact the School of Law and the Terry College of Business.

The School of Law and the sport management concentration within the Department of Kinesiology offer a four-year combined degree program that leads to a JD and MED degree respectively.

Students in the forestry and forest environmental resources major may be eligible to pursue the BSFR and MFR degrees in the Warnell School of Forest Resources

Once a student in one of these programs is admitted to the Graduate School, he or she is considered to be a graduate student for enrollment and fee purposes. This may interfere with undergraduate financial aid awards and loans.

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Accelerated Master's Programs

Accelerated masterís programs, which expedite the completion of both a bachelorís and a masterís degree over a 5-year span, can place UGA at a competitive advantage relative to other institutions in drawing high quality UGA undergraduates into UGA graduate programs.

Accelerated masterís programs at the University of Georgia may be one of two types:

  • Some disciplines, while maintaining distinct bachelorís and masterís degrees, may permit highly qualified students to move rapidly into graduate level work in the same major as they have accomplished prerequisites. This may occur as early as the beginning of the junior year.
  • Students may complete a bachelorís degree in one major while starting a masterís program in another major if the graduate major is supported by electives taken for the bachelorís degree. These students may begin the masterís program as early as the beginning of the junior year.

In both types of programs, the following rules apply:

  • Students will not use any courses to satisfy degree requirements for both degree programs (no double-using courses).
  • Students will take courses for graduate credit only after being admitted to the Graduate School.
  • Students will submit an online application to the Graduate School for the program of their choice adhering to deadlines established by the academic unit administering the program and the Graduate School. The deadline shall be the earlier of these two deadlines (for example: If a departmental deadline is 1 January and the Graduate School deadline is 1 July for admission for the Fall Semester, the deadline for applications will be 1 January.)
  • Students will take the standard entrance test acceptable for the graduate program prior to admission to the Graduate School.
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and entrance test scores that meet established guidelines of the academic department and the Graduate School.
  • Students must submit other criteria for admission as required by the academic department.
  • Students will be billed at the graduate tuition rate for all hours enrolled after admission to the Graduate School.

A preliminary plan of study must be approved by the undergraduate advisor, the departmental graduate coordinator and the dean of the Graduate School prior to the student submitting an application for admission to the Graduate School. A signed copy of the approved preliminary plan of study will be returned to the academic department. The original will be maintained in a graduate admissions file in anticipation of receipt of the application for admission.

Students in the Accelerated Masterís Program must complete all requirements established by the Board of Regents for both the bachelorís and the masterís program. The masterís degree will not be conferred until after the bachelorís degree is conferred in the UGA Student Records System.

Notes on funding for students in accelerated programs:

The HOPE scholarship funds a maximum of 127 hours for students who have not completed a bachelorís degree. Once admitted to the graduate program, HOPE will cover both undergraduate and graduate hours to the 127-hour limit, but will pay only the undergraduate rate and the student must pay the difference between the undergraduate rate and the graduate rate.

After admission to the Graduate School, students will not be eligible for federal financial aid programs that are specifically need based for undergraduate students (PELL Grant), but these students can apply for federal loans to pay the difference between the undergraduate tuition (covered by HOPE) and the graduate tuition rate. These students are required to register for a minimum of 5 hours per semester. Both undergraduate and graduate courses count toward this requirement.

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Study Abroad/Exchange Programs

The Office of International Education (OIE) offers advisory services on study abroad programs lasting an academic year, semester, summer, or Maymester. It also maintains an extensive library for those seeking study, work, internship, volunteering, or travel abroad opportunities. Detailed information can be found at OIE web site: http://www.uga.edu/oie/.

The following UGA study abroad and exchange programs are open to graduate students:

  • Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America (Costa Rica)
  • Bamberg Exchange Program (Germany)
  • Brazil-U.S. Consortium in Agroecology
  • Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad (France)
  • Classics Studies Abroad in Rome (Italy)
  • Drama and Theatre in London and Dublin (United Kingdom/Ireland)
  • Elementary Education in Italy
  • Erlangen Exchange Program (Germany)
  • India Abroad; International Agribusiness Marketing and Management
  • Focus on Mexico
  • International Fisheries: Salmonid Biology (Canada)
  • Islam, Islamic Culture, and Arabic in Morocco
  • Kenya Study Abroad Program
  • Kyushu University Exchange (Japan)
  • Maymester in New Zealand
  • Maymester in Tanzania
  • Porto Exchange Program (Portugal)
  • Monterrey Exchange Program (Mexico)
  • Rostock Exchange Program (Germany)
  • South Africa Study Tour in Adult Education (South Africa)
  • Studies Abroad Switzerland
  • Study Abroad in Great Britain: British Landscapes, Literature, and Education
  • Study Abroad in Peru
  • Study Abroad Program - Japan
  • Study Abroad Program in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Study Tour in Family and Consumer Sciences (Mexico)
  • Summer-in-Ghana; The Xalapa Experience
  • Learning about Language, Culture, and Education in Mexico
  • UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program (United Kingdom)
  • UGA in South America (Argentina)
  • UGA Studies Abroad - Cortona; Italy
  • University of Helsinki Exchange Program
  • University of the West Indies Exchange Program
  • Veracruz Exchange Program (Mexico)
  • Wildlife Management in South Africa

Moreover, some departments, centers or institutes have non-traditional Study Abroad programs that fit graduate students needs for preliminary research, internships or other academic endeavors overseas.

In addition, graduate students may take courses on programs through other universities and transfer the credit back to UGA, provided approval of their major professor, graduate coordinator and dean of the Graduate School is given. Students wishing to transfer back graduate credit should meet with a study abroad advisor in the OIE to receive proper forms for approval.

The Graduate School provides funding opportunities for international travel for graduate students presenting their work or scouting research abroad. Some aid may also be applied to programs offered by other universities. In addition, OIE keeps information on scholarships that may be applied to study abroad or for obtaining a graduate degree at an international university. Please see our website or visit the Study Abroad Library in 203F Barrow Hall for more information.

To meet with a study abroad advisor, please call the OIE: (706) 425-3274. The office is located in Bank of America Building, 110 E. Clayton Street, Athens, GA 30602, e-mail: goabroad@uga.edu, or visit the OIE web site: http://www.uga.edu/oie/.

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International Options

Graduate students have a variety of opportunities to travel abroad utilizing UGA organizational structure of Study Abroad programs, residential sites, collaborative agreements with partner institutions, affiliations with consortia and other research and professional networks. Our Residential Sites offer unique opportunities for interdisciplinary courses and graduate work. For instance, in the Ecolodge San Luis and Research Station in Costa Rica, students can develop field techniques, initiate preliminary research projects or receive training for field methods as well as language and culture. In Cortona, Italy, there are options for internships in Art and courses dealing with art history, art studios in a variety of disciplines. In Oxford, England, the residential site serve students affiliated with the Oxford program serving various schools and colleges. Many academic collaboration programs allow graduate students to take part in special projects developed through the Area Study centers (such as the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Asian Studies, the Institute for African Studies) or specialized centers (such as the Center for Tropical and Emergent Diseases, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, the Center for International Trade and Security, the Center for the Study of Global Issues). Many graduate students can apply to participate in a variety of research projects conducted by UGA professors overseas, and will be eligible to apply for partial funding to participate in international conferences or workshops if presenting a paper.

There is an International Graduate Students task force within the Graduate Students Organization that works with the Office of International Education to meet the needs and wants of international graduate students on campus. Once international students are admitted to the Graduate School, OIE serves in orientation, review and maintenance of visa status as well as travel authorities, on-campus job authorization and optional practical training after graduation, as required by law.

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Cortona Program

The University of Georgia sponsors an interdisciplinary study abroad program year-round (fall, spring, summer) located in Cortona (Tuscany), Italy. The areas of study are art history, studio arts (book arts, ceramics, design, drawing, interior design, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, papermaking, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and watercolor), landscape architecture, Italian, Italian culture, and classics. Extensive travel to major sites (Rome, Pompeii, Siena, Urbino, Florence, Venice, etc.) are part of the itinerary. The program offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit.

For more information concerning this program, contact Studies Abroad Cortona Program, School of Art, Bishop House, Room #1, (706) 542-7011.

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Volcani Program for Graduate Students from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

A 1987 agreement between the University of Georgia and the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, provides for cooperative educational and research activities in the agricultural sciences and related topics. Graduate studies are available to University of Georgia students interested in conducting research in arid and semi-arid zones, leading to an advanced degree; to Israeli graduate students and to candidates from developing countries interested in international training, experience in Israel and a graduate degree from the University.

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