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Department of Counseling and Human Development Services


The department of counseling and human development services prepares counseling and student affairs professionals for a changing and increasingly complex world. Incorporating a combination of academic, clinical and practical experiences, and the expertise of its faculty, the department maintains its perennial ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top graduate programs in its field. We offer one of the largest graduate programs at UGA. The department has a rich history of service for over fifty years as a primary state, regional, and national training site for students who have pursued careers in counseling and related educational fields in settings as diverse as K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, prisons, and state and federal government agencies.

Academic Programs

College Student Affairs Administration

Students learn skills in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, assessment, and administrative principles. Our graduates become leaders in higher education institutions, putting these skills to use with college students.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in College Student Affairs Administration:

Non-Degree Programs

From the College Student Affairs Administration program:

Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychology is a specialty that emphasizes normal and optimal human functioning across the lifespan, a strength-based approach to facilitating change, multiculturalism and social justice.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Counseling Psychology:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Counseling Psychology program:

Counseling and Student Personnel Services

This program grounded in a belief that higher education should foster students’ intellectual, psychosocial, and ethical growth. Graduates are experts in understanding and enhancing students’ educational experiences and environments.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Counseling and Student Personnel Services:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Counseling and Student Personnel Services program:

Professional School Counseling

Student Resources


Students have the opportunity to actively engage in a program-specific student organization. These organizations provide countless hours of service to the university and the community, foster professional development, and facilitate life-long professional bonds.

Students have been granted scholarships from the McNair Foundation, The Southern Regional Education Board, the Gates Foundation, and the American Psychological Association.

Financial Aid

Awards reserved for students in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services:

Faculty and Research


The department has active and dynamic research teams that investigate issues related to underserved, oppressed populations, e.g. LGBTQ, minorities, aging, people with HIV, juvenile offenders, people with disabilities, and victims of sexual assault. Faculty research is highly cited as indicated by the social sciences citation index and Google scholar. Faculty members and their research have been honored by ACA, APA, ACPA, ASCA, CAS, and NASPA. The faculty is committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service


The department has many community partnerships with agencies/entities such as school districts, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Hope Haven, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, AIDS Athens, Grady Health Systems of Atlanta, Lee Arrendale State Prison, Athens Technical College, Advantage Behavioral Systems, and the Tree House. Students and faculty members also support the community with participation in activities such as Relay for Life, AIDS Walk, and the local MLK Day of Service.

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