Application Procedures for the UGA Graduate School

Persons seeking admission to the University of Georgia Graduate School must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association or its international equivalent prior to the expected semester of matriculation with the exception of University of Georgia undergraduate students enrolled in linked bachelors / masters programs. Applicants should be ranked in the upper half of their undergraduate class. Applicants are responsible for submitting application materials required for admission. These items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Application materials are reviewed by the Graduate School and the academic department. The Graduate School reviews the department’s recommendation and makes the final determination on acceptance. Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School before they are eligible to register. Official acceptance is conveyed to the applicant in a formal letter issued by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission is granted for a specific semester and is validated by registration for that semester.

Additional Requirements

Academic departments may set individual requirements and request additional materials. Applicants should consult the departmental contact person early in the application process to determine additional materials that must be submitted and to determine departmental filing deadlines for applications (if earlier than the Graduate School deadlines).


To expedite application processing and provide timely information, Graduate Admissions will communicate with applicants primarily by email, unless email correspondence is not possible. Notification of admissions decisions will be by official letter from the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to provide a web-based email address that will remain valid regardless of changes made in the internet provider services. Email addresses that are provided by applicants will be used only for the purpose of carrying out admissions business. It is important that email accounts have adequate memory and message filters need to be set appropriately to be sure that messages are not filtered from your mail-box before you can view them. Applicants should check email accounts frequently.


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