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Admission Requirements

Office of Graduate Admissions The University of Georgia 210 S. Jackson St., Athens, GA 30602-1777

Graduate Admission to the University of Georgia is a collaborative process involving the Graduate School and the graduate faculty of the University. Each department has a designated graduate coordinator who serves as a liaison between the department and the Graduate School and who provides detailed information about program entry requirements, resources and special opportunities. Persons holding a baccalaureate degree, or a foreign equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School. Regional accreditation is obtained from the following organizations:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)

This requirement does not apply to University of Georgia undergraduates in linked bachelors-masters degree programs. Application for admission to the Graduate School may be filed in an electronic on-line application. All applicants must provide an active e-mail address for contact regarding application processing. Applicants should review the following information before proceeding with the Application Form.

Admissions Deadlines

Deadlines for admissions purposes are the dates at which time the application file should be complete and materials received in Graduate Admissions and the academic departments. Applicants are responsible for completing a timely application. The Graduate School is not responsible for delays caused by postal or courier services. Admissions decisions will be made only on complete files. Each completed application, with supporting materials, is forwarded to the department in which the applicant proposes to study, where it is considered by the faculty of that department. No applicant will be admitted without the recommendation of an academic unit. Departmental recommendations for admission are forwarded to the Graduate School after careful consideration of the entire admissions application. Final consideration is given by the dean of the Graduate School. Consider three sets of deadlines in filing a timely application:

  • Departmental deadlines for admission and consideration for assistantship from departmental sources of funding DeadlineApplicants must contact the academic departments to determine the departmental deadlines, which may be earlier than Graduate School deadlines.
  • Graduate School deadline for applicants seeking assistantship consideration through Graduate School funding and competition Deadline: All general application admission materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 1. Applicants must be admitted as prospective degree candidates by February 15.
  • Graduate School deadline for applicants not seeking assistantships and for those whose academic departments do not have earlier deadlines. Applications for admission and all supporting documents must be received in the Graduate School Office by the following deadlines:

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall Semester – July 1
  • Spring Semester – November 15
  • May and Extended Summer Session – April 1
  • Summer Semester – May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall Semester – April 15
  • Spring Semester – October 15
  • Summer Semester – February 15

Applicants are urged to apply as early as possible up to one year in advance of the desired matriculation date. All applicants should consult with the graduate coordinator of the specific program for which they are making application to ascertain if the program adheres to an earlier application deadline. An applicant is admitted for a specific semester. Applicants may not register unless they have been notified of their acceptance to the Graduate School by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission is valid only when the person registers for the specified semester. Applicants may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on reapplying or deferring applications to future semesters. Deferred or resubmitted applications are reconsidered for admissions decisions by the academic departments.

Application for Georgia Residence Status

Applicants requesting Georgia residence status for the purpose of paying in-state fees must complete the Application for Georgia Residence Status form contained in the admission application. Non-immigrant international students holding traditional student visas for the purpose of studying in the United States are not eligible to be classified as Georgia residents for tuition purposes. For additional information about in-state classification for tuition see the Registrar’s website.

Application Online

Please refer to Admissions Requirements before proceeding. The Graduate School Application form should be completed in entirety. Academic program information for degrees and majors can be found in the degree programs section. Applicants should contact the academic department to which they will apply for information on supplemental application forms and materials that may be required by the academic department.

StopDo not use this application to apply for the MBA program.

Interested in Business Administration? Apply directly through the Terry College of Business.

StopDo not use this application for a Juris Doctorate program.

Interested in Graduate Legal Studies? Apply directly through the Law School.


Do not use this application for the MPH program.

Interested in Public Health?  Apply directly through SOPHAS.


Stop Do not use this application for the Engineering program.

Interested in Engineering? Apply directly through EngineeringCAS


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