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Graduate Admissions Checklist

Step 1. Apply to the University of Georgia Graduate school

Admission to all graduate programs offered in the College of Education is handled by the UGA Graduate School. Visit the UGA Graduate School website for detailed information on the graduate programs offered at the University, the application process, UGA Graduate School orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of moving beyond the undergraduate level. The following links provide shortcuts to some information.

Application Materials

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. Applicants should be ranked in the upper half of their undergraduate class.

Applicants are responsible for submitting application materials required for admission. Find an application and other important information listed below:

Completed materials should be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Georgia
320 E. Clayton St., Suite 400
Athens, GA 30602‐4401

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.  

Applicants to the EdS, EdD and PhD degree programs must have completed a master's degree.  

Transcripts for Domestic Applicants

Applicants must submit two official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from each institution of higher education attended, except the University of Georgia, to the Graduate School. Transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline. University of Georgia transcripts are on file.

The address for submitting transcripts to the Graduate School is:

The University of Georgia Office of Graduate Admissions
320 E. Clayton Street, Suite 400
Athens, GA 30602‐4401

Academic Records for International Applicants

Applicants must submit to the Graduate School two official (certified) copies of academic records from each institution of higher education that the applicant has attended. Official documents must bear an original certification of the appropriate school official or office. Photocopies of certified documents are not acceptable. Coursework completed at one institution but listed on the record of a second institution is not acceptable. A separate copy of the record from the first institution is required.

Entrance Tests

The UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813

In addition to self‐reported scores, you may provide within the application entrance test scores appropriate for each application. These must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency. Unofficial scores are not acceptable. Test scores may not be more than five years old.

The Graduate Record Exam

The general test of the GRE is offered each year as a computer‐based test at centers worldwide. GRE subject tests are offered several times a year at numerous testing centers. Advance registration for tests is required. For more information about the GRE:

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The MAT is given at various colleges and universities approved by the Psychological Corporation. For information concerning the test as given at the University of Georgia, call the Office of Testing and Evaluation at 706-542‐8378.

For general information, visit the website for the Miller Analogies Test. or call 1-800-622-3231

Letter of Reference

Applicants are required to secure three (3) letters of recommendations and have them submitted to UGA. The names and email addresses of recommenders who are familiar with the applicant's professional and/or academic work should be listed in the online Graduate School application by the applicant.

Recommenders will receive a link to access a secure page in order to submit the recommendation via the web. If the recommender does not have access to email, please send an email to the department requesting a "letter of recommendation" form.

Step 2. Apply to the College of Education (COE) department

Departmental Requirements

Go to the list of graduate degrees for complete list of degrees offered by the college. The graduate degree page will provide information concerning unique requirements, deadlines, and staff that can help with the application process.

Supplemental materials required by the department to should be mailed directly to the academic department. These requirements may include interviews, statement of purpose, CV or resume, writing samples, etc. Contact the department to confirm information about unique requirements, deadlines, and staff that can help with the application process.

Personal Statement

A personal statement, usually in the form of a letter of two to three pages, indicates an applicant's background, work experience, interests and career aspirations in relation to the program of interest. Applicants for doctoral programs also address their experiences and interest in educational research.

Writing Sample(s)

Applicants to the following program are required to submit samples of formal writing. Indicate whether or not it has been published. If applicants have not published, recent course papers or work‐related reports are appropriate.

Admissions Interviews

Degree programs involve an admission interview, and may interview applicants by a faculty admissions committee prior to the start of each semester.

Step 3. Resources for international applicants

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education provides information to international students and scholars requiring assistance with visa matters ,and to faculty members with international initiatives.

The International Student Life Office has compiled a complete resource for international students including application information, student advising, housing support (off-campus), social and cultural opportunities, tax workshops for international students, and cross-cultural adjustment counseling.

International applicants must submit the following additional materials

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent by testing agency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Official scores are those sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions by Educational Testing Service. The scores may not be more than two years old. Applicants who have received degrees from accredited institutions in the U.S. or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language (e.g., the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand) usually are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more Information on the TOEFL:

Certification of Finances

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