​UGA Student Handbook


Academic Information​

The Student Handbook is published by the Division of Student Affairs. Since the programs and services described herein are subject to continuous review and evaluation, this document is intended for informational use only. Any portion of this handbook in conflict with the policies of the Board of Regents shall be null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

For information about individual courses and majors, please visit the school or college websites below.


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Transfer Course Equivalency  

The Admissions Office processes and reviews applications for undergraduate first-year and transfer admission. Readmission of former UGA undergraduate students is accomplished through the Office of the Registrar. Admissions counselors and Georgia Recruitment Team members conduct weekday information sessions for prospective students and families. Orientation and initial advising and registration programs for first-year and transfer students are also coordinated by this office. Additionally, the offices of Admissions and Student Financial Aid provide links to the majority of merit scholarship programs for all new undergraduate students. Admissions office personnel are available to discuss general transfer credit issues with currently enrolled students.

​Graduate Admissions

Director: Cheri Bliss
Location: 210 S. Jackson Street, Room 110, Athens, GA 30602-1777
Phone: 706-542-6300

Other Website of interest:

UGA Bulletin
Graduate School


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 seeking admission 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 enrollment. 

 Application for admission to the Graduate School must be submitted using the electronic online application on the Graduate School website.  Graduate Admissions administers the admissions process for graduate study at UGA.


Registrar: Rosemary Segreti, Interim Registrar
Location: 102 Holmes/Hunter Academic Bldg.
Service Center: 706-542-4040
Veterans Educational Benefits: 706-542-8772 

The Office of the Registrar is at the nexus of academic affairs, student affairs, and the finance division. It has interactions and business function relations with a broad range of offices across campus. The office staff works with students, faculty, staff, the administration, and a variety of off-campus constituents. Responsibilities range from providing verification of enrollment to insurance providers to providing support to the University Council. However, at the core of these responsibilities is maintaining accurate records of the academic progress and accomplishments of the University’s students while maintaining the privacy and security of those records.

The Service Center, 105 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, 706-542-4040, provides assistance to students with name and address changes, enrollment certifications, registration, schedule adjustments after the drop/add period, and transcript requests. Service Representatives will respond to all in-person and telephone inquiries regarding student-related information as allowed by University, state, or federal policies.

Transcripts may be requested on-line through OASIS or in writing as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). A notice of at least 24 hours is required. Standard request forms are available at www.reg.uga.edu and the Service Center; requests in letter form will also be accepted. All transcripts are $2.00 each.

The Records Center, 106 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, 706-542-4055, is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the permanent academic records of enrolled students. In response to information from the deans’ offices, this office processes class rolls, grade changes, grade reports, graduation rosters, and diplomas. This office also certifies veterans and qualified dependents for educational benefits.

The Course and Degree Offerings Center, 104A Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, 706-542-8796, is responsible for maintenance of the database of Board of Regents approved degrees, majors, minors and areas of emphasis and the master course inventory system which houses detailed instructional characteristics of all courses approved to be taught at UGA. In conjunction with the curriculum office, this office implements and maintains degree audit reports for all undergraduate degree programs. This office also provides training and support to users of the Student Information System.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Dean: Samuel L. Pardue
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Josef M. Broder
Location: 102 Conner Hall
Phone: 706-542-1611 

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers students the opportunity to study applied and basic sciences in 22 majors, 18 minors, and 6 certificate programs. Programs of study include applied biotechnology, agribusiness, communications, food science, and education as well as a number of programs in the animal and plant sciences. Many of our programs may lead to Veterinary School or Medical School.

Graduates from the college find excellent employment opportunities in both agricultural and non-agricultural industries and in education, sales and marketing, and research laboratories; and they hold positions in local, state and federal governments. Many challenging and rewarding careers exist in the food and fiber industries, those businesses and agencies that support our quality of life and the protection of our environment.

​Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Dr. Alan T. Dorsey 
Location: Old College
Phone: 706-542-1412 

Founded in 1801, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest college within the University. Its objective is to offer a liberal education, providing background in all basic academic disciplines and fields of human knowledge. The faculty strives to develop students’ resourcefulness, enabling them to approach problems intelligently and adapt to changing conditions. The college also offers students an opportunity to concentrate in fields of study that form a foundation for various professional pursuits.

Through its 28 departments, two schools, five degree programs, and Interdisciplinary Studies major, the Franklin College offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMUS), and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BSCHEM).

​Terry College of Business

Dean: Benjamin C. Ayers
Location: B200 Amos Hall, 620 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-5725

At the undergraduate level, the Terry College of Business offers two degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree. Students pursuing the BBA degree can major in accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, real estate or risk management and insurance. Students who major in economics can elect to complete either the business-focused BBA degree or the liberal arts-focused AB degree. Any student admitted to the BBA program may also apply to the international business co-major. Additionally, the College offers certificate programs in actuarial science, entrepreneurship, leadership, legal studies and music business. Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programs are offered in Accounting (BBA/MAcc) and Economics (AB/MA).

All students seeking the BBA degree are initially admitted to the Terry College of Business as “Intended” majors. In the first two years of study, intended-business majors are advised by intended-business advisors and concentrate on general education core curriculum and pre-business coursework. When all eligibility requirements have been met, typically during the sophomore year, intended-business students apply for admission to a major program in the Terry College. Admission is competitive, and each major has a specific selection criteria. Students who wish to pursue the AB economics degree must complete a separate application and meet the selection requirements.

The Terry College also offers BBA General Business degree-completion programs on the UGA Griffin Campus and Online. This field of study provides students with general training in business administration and provides coursework in multiple academic areas. These programs are designed for students who have completed Core Areas I-VI and meet additional eligibility requirements.

Students can add an international component to their degree through Terry International Programs. Study abroad programs allow students to take a course taught by a Terry faculty member while abroad. These trips typically happen in the summer. Foreign exchange programs allow students to live and study for a semester abroad independently. See the Terry website for details.

The Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Corporate Relations (USSCR) offers many networking, internship and job opportunities for Terry students. USSCR works closely with the business community and the UGA Career Center. The College also houses a wide variety of student organizations, which are supported by faculty advisors. These groups foster a sense of community within and across majors by sponsoring professional, academic and social functions.

The Terry College offers the following graduate degrees:

-Master of Business Administration (MBA), including Executive MBA (Atlanta) and Professional MBA (two Atlanta locations), as well as the following dual degree programs with the Full-Time MBA program:  ENGR/MBA, JD/MBA (three and four-year options), LLM/MBA, MBA/MPH, MD/MBA, PharmD/MBA, a STEM MBA, and a 2+2 MBA program that allows undergraduates to apply to the MBA program before they graduate;
-Master of Accountancy (MAcc); dual degree JD/MAcc;
-Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA);
-Master of Business and Technology (MBT);
-Master of Marketing Research (MMR);
-Master of Economics (MA);
-PhD in Economics;  and
-PhD in Business Administration (with concentrations in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, real estate or risk management/insurance).

College of Education

Dean: Denise A. Spangler
Location: G-3 Aderhold Hall
Phone: 706-542-6446
Office of Student Services: 122 Aderhold Hall
Office of Student Services Phone: 706-542-1717

The College of Education with an enrollment of 4,277 undergraduate and graduate students is one of the largest and most diverse colleges of education in the nation, and it consistently ranks among the top tier of public and private institutions. The high quality is attributable to a distinguished faculty of nationally and internationally recognized scholars, researchers, and teachers.

The College of Education offers degrees that lead to careers in teaching, educational leadership, psychology, counseling and human development, exercise science, sports medicine and allied health professions, sport management, communication sciences, workforce development, and technology. All programs are fully accredited. As one of the most comprehensive colleges of education in the nation, students can earn teaching and administrative certification in 38 fields, and endorsements in 5 fields.

Through initiatives in multicultural education, technology, and service learning, the College of Education provides an educational experience for students that is reflective of the professional and community environments in which graduates will teach, work, and live.

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
College of Education
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University of Georgia Griffin Campus
College of Education
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Extended Campuses

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
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Online Degrees 
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College of Environment and Design

Dean: Daniel J. Nadenicek
Location: 609 Caldwell Hall
Phone: 706-542-1365

The College of Environment + Design provides nationally-accredited, inventive, and demanding programs in landscape architecture (BLA & MLA), historic preservation (MHP and graduate certificate program), environmental planning & design (MEPD), and environmental ethics (certificate program). At CED, you will cultivate not only the skills needed to work as a professional designer and practitioner, but the individual passions you have to make a difference in your world.

We challenge you to explore your unique, individual interests and creatively problem-solve contemporary issues, working with faculty to solve community issues in design charrettes. We will also help you to inteact and connect with clients, community organizations, and planning agencies.CED can connect you with a large and accomplished alumni network for growth and opportunities. You will network with and learn from our visiting professors, professionals, and lecturers, who are renowned designers in a broad range of career options.

Odum School of Ecology

Dean: John L. Gittleman 
Location: 107 Ecology Building 
Phone: 706-542-2968

The former Institute of Ecology is now the Odum School of Ecology, the first standalone school of ecology in the world. The school will adhere to Eugene P. Odum’s holistic approach to ecological studies, while strengthening and expanding in key areas such as infectious diseases, ecosystem ecology, watershed ecology, evolutionary ecology and sustainability. The school will continue to emphasize an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to teaching, research and service by integrating expertise and resources from other schools and colleges at UGA.

The Odum School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in ecology, as well as a master’s degree in conservation and sustainable development. In addition, the school also offers a Certificate in Conservation Ecology. Rigorous coursework, interdisciplinary studies, skills in ecological problem solving and vital field experience prepares graduates to secure top jobs in areas such as academic, government, non-profits and more. In the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate programs in ecology (2006), The University of Georgia ranked 8th.

Institute of the Faculty of Engineering

Director: Dr. E. Dale Threadgill
Phone: 706-542-8839 

The Institute of the Faculty of Engineering offers both Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

Innovatively organized to capture the convergence of engineering with the arts, sciences and humanities, the Faculty of Engineering employs the principles of entrepreneurship, globalism and lifelong learning. It creates an environment that reaches beyond traditional discipline-based teaching, research and outreach. Academic programs are designed to graduate engineers who interweave technical excellence, innovative curiosity and humanistic consciousness into the practice and profession of serving society’s needs. 

The use-inspired research paradigm prepares them for careers devoted to the integration of discoveries from multiple disciplines. These open pathways in the distinct setting of the University of Georgia provide a unique opportunity for a broad educational experience to match the complexity of today’s world.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dean: Linda Kirk Fox
Location: 224 Dawson Hall
Phone: 706-542-4879

Undergraduate Office: Student Success and Advising Center
Location: 112 Dawson Hall
Phone: 706-542-4847

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is focused on the science of helping individuals live well. FACS offers 11 majors that provide our 1,700 undergraduates the skills and knowledge they need for a variety of careers, including those in service-related professions, educational settings, business or industry, design firms, consumer analytics, communications, consumer education, and health-related professions such as nursing, physician assistant, dentistry, and more.

Currently offered majors are Dietetics, Consumer Economics, Consumer Journalism, Culinary Science and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Fashion Merchandising, Financial Planning, Furnishings and Interiors, Housing Management and Policy, Human Development and Family Science, and Nutritional Sciences. Upon completing core curriculum requirements students take specialized courses specific to their majors and professional goals.

Experiential learning is the core of the academic experience in FACS. Internships and community-based service-learning projects are emphasized in all programs of study in order to prepare students for their future work settings. Leadership and communication skills also are emphasized through various college programs and activities, as are experiences that promote knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of multicultural diversity and inclusivity. Research opportunities allow students to work individually with faculty and to examine societal issues in an inclusive educational environment.

The college also offers several Double Dawgs programs in its four departments: Human Development and Family Science; Foods and Nutrition; Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics; and Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors.

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Dean: Dale Greene
Location: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Phone: 706-542-4741

The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, established in 1906, is the oldest existing school of forestry and natural resources in the southern United States. Its educational mission is to prepare the diversity of professionals needed to ensure that society's demands for wood, clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and conservation of forest flora and fauna are met in perpetuity.

The school offers four undergraduate majors: Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Parks Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability.  In addition to the specialized course work relevant to each, all majors provide an understanding of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the way people view and utilize them. Additionally, they include comprehensive exposure to the management tools and concepts applied in forest and natural resource stewardship. Students can earn double majors in combinations such as forestry and wildlife or wildlife and parks recreation and tourism managment.

The undergraduate experience offers small classes and individual attention. It emphasizes "hands-on" field experience and development of “life-skills,” including teamwork, communication, problem analysis, and critical thinking. Internships are encouraged, and most students complete at least one before graduation. Undergraduate majors are eligible for more than $150,000 in scholarships awarded annually within the School.

Graduates of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources are prepared for careers in aquaculture, consulting forestry, environmental education, fisheries biology, hydrology, forest  management, forest land appraisal, geographic information systems, public land management, outdoor recreation planning, restoration ecology, soil conservation, aquatic toxicology, urban forestry, water resource planning, water quality analysis, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, and wildlife conservation.

Institute of Higher Education

Interim Director: Dr. James C. Hearn
Phone: 706-542-3464 

The Institute of Higher Education offers the Ph.D., Ed.D., and M.Ed.

IHE graduate programs prepare graduate students for positions of leadership in colleges and universities and in other organizations involved in the continuing development of postsecondary education. The programs provide a broad overview of the institutions, policies, practices, personnel, programs, and services of U.S. higher education. By offering various courses, seminars, and other learning opportunities, the programs give a comprehensive view of the constituencies that sponsor, support, and benefit from higher education programs, services, and activities. In particular, the programs are concerned with the overall structure of higher education, its pluralistic purposes and goals, and its many diverse functions. Students acquire a professional knowledge and understanding of colleges and universities as social and cultural institutions.

The Institute of Higher Education, founded in 1964, is noted for its multidisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and outreach, with particular emphases in policy and law, faculty and instructional development, and public service and outreach. IHE faculty members also specialize in history, leadership, curriculum, institutional research, and international higher education. The Institute offers the M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D. in higher education, and students may earn an M.P.A. with a higher education specialization through the School of Public and International Affairs. The Institute also collaborates on projects and programs with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.

The Institute is freestanding, allied with the College of Education and other divisions of the University of Georgia, but established independently, operating with its own resource base, and housed in its own building. This rare combination of independence and integration into a major research university provides the Institute with the freedom to capitalize on opportunities as they arise, for research, policy, and service initiatives worldwide. In turn, the Institute's multidisciplinary and international reach enables it to offer the best knowledge and best practices in fulfilling its service missions to the university, the state, and the region.

Institute on Human Development and Disability (Disability Studies)

Contact: Carol Laws
Phone: 706-542-9401

> Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Certificate Program


Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Certificate Program available to both undergraduate and graduate students from any school/college at UGA.

Similar to African-American Studies and Women's Studies, the Disability Studies Program is grounded in the civil rights movement. It is based on the idea that as members of the largest minority group in the US, and one which has historically been marginalized and oppressed, people with disabilities share a history, a culture, and desire for social, political, and economic self-determination. Disability is viewed as a natural part of human existence and is therefore a representation of the diversity which exists amongst human beings.

As a field of study, Disability Studies is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Potential students include those from the educational, medical, and social sciences, but also include students from virtually every discipline including history, the arts, and humanities.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Dean: Charles N. Davis
Location: Journalism Building
Phone: 706-542-1704

Office of Undergraduate Services: 

Location: 309 Journalism Bldg

Phone: 706-542-2526


Its focus on providing the highest possible quality of education drives the success of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Its three departments – journalism, advertising and public relations, and entertainment & media studies – offers four majors. The Grady College prepares the next generation of communication leaders and is committed to emphasizing education rather than simply providing training.

The Grady College sets forth not only to provide students with the best in professional training but also to instill in them a sound understanding of the duties, responsibilities and obligations they will have as future communication professionals within a democracy.

The Grady College offers one undergraduate degree and three graduate degrees, including two master's programs and one doctoral program. Approximately two-thirds of the hours required for the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (ABJ) degree include liberal arts courses and other courses in non-journalism/mass communication disciplines related to the major. The remaining degree hours include professional study courses.

First- and second-year students are classified as intended majors in Grady College and are encouraged to become involved in Grady student organizations prior to applying for admission to their major.

Career opportunities include advertising (copy writing, media planning, management, account work, research, sales); digital and broadcast journalism (reporting for radio and television news and public affairs programs, emerging new media outlets, the Internet, and interactive television); journalism (reporting, writing, editing, photography, audio, video, multimedia, and management positions for print and digital formats); public relations (communications positions with corporations, agencies, and non-profit organizations), and entertainment and media studies (careers in creative digital media industries including directing, programming, production, screenwriting, research, sales, new media, and management positions in radio, television, cable, and film production).

School of Law

Dean: Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge
Location: Harold Hirsch Hall, North Campus

Phone: 706-542-7140

Georgia Law has a clear mission: to provide first-rate legal training, to foster world-class ideas, and to serve our state and nation – all at a good value to our students.

The 2015 entering class exemplifies the Georgia Law ideal. The class - which boasts the highest median undergraduate GPA in the school’s history – includes 189 students from 25 states and 75 undergraduate institutions. These students have the opportunity to hone their writing and editing skills by participating in three student-edited journals, to develop top-notch advocacy skills by competing on one of our many award-winning advocacy teams, and to develop real-world lawyering skills by participating in our clinics and practice-oriented classes, including the nation’s very first law school clinic dedicated to the assistance of victims of child sexual abuse.

Georgia Law also offers exciting educational options beyond Athens. Second and third year students can spend a semester studying in beautiful Oxford, England, as part of one of the very few semester-abroad programs offered by American Law schools. The Law School also offers opportunities to study or work in Atlanta, Belgium, and Washington, DC, and is expanding its on-line curricular offerings to provide even more educational flexibility to Georgia Law students.

The student learning experience at Georgia Law is supported by nationally and internationally known faculty scholars, legal writing and research specialists, a team of dedicated practicing lawyers and clinicians, and a host of alumni and alumnae who donate their time to ensure that every student entering Georgia Law has a mentor in their corner from day one.

Public law schools have historically been a great investment, and Georgia Law continues this tradition by providing a world-class education while working hard to hold the line on tuition and fees. Financial support is available through the Law School Fund, as well as numerous named scholarships. Students from outside of Georgia also are eligible for tuition equalization and reduction scholarships.

Students interested in Georgia Law should pursue an undergraduate curriculum that develops analytical and logical reasoning abilities, strong written and oral communication skills, and meaningful leadership opportunities.  We also advise students to meet with one of UGA’s pre-law advisors early during their undergraduate careers, and to visit the Law School Admissions office located in Hirsch Hall on North Campus. 

Institute for Nonprofit Organizations

Location: 416 Tucker Hall
Phone: 706-542-5461

The Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, housed within the School of Social Work, provides an interdisciplinary group of graduate teaching, research, and service programs at UGA that focus upon improving the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. The Institute offers an array of opportunities for students, professionals, and scholars of nonprofit organizations as well as those seeking careers in them. It prepares students with knowledge and skills necessary for management and leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, and it develops and disseminates knowledge to strengthen the effectiveness of those already in leadership positions.

The Institute offers the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations degree. This is an advanced professional degree for those desiring careers as leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations. The curriculum of this program includes core courses in key aspects of this field, supplemented by supervised internships and electives for specialization.

College of Pharmacy

Dean: Svein Oie
Location: Robert C. Wilson Pharmacy Building
Phone: 706-542-1911 

The College of Pharmacy provides for the comprehensive academic needs of the profession of pharmacy. The college's Doctor of Pharmacy degree program prepares students for the practice of pharmacy and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Its Bachelor of Science program is an interdisciplinary program representing all facets of the drug discovery and drug development processes. The college's graduate program prepares individuals for professional specialization and careers in teaching and research. The postgraduate educational needs of the profession are met through the college's continuing education doctor of pharmacy programs. Faculty research supports all of these programs and contributes to the advancement of the body of pharmaceutical knowledge.

The Doctor of Pharmacy degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the six-year course of study. The first two years (pre-pharmacy) may be completed at any accredited institution of higher education. The last four years (ten semesters) are in the professional program and must be in residence at the College of Pharmacy. At least four years of study in the professional program are required by the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education

College of Public Health

Dean: Phillip L. Williams
Location: 105 Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus
Phone: 706-542-2300

The College of Public Health serves the needs of local, state, national, and international populations to advance quality of life and wellness for the people of Georgia, the United States, and the world through innovative research, exemplary education, and engaged service. The College will endeavor to meet needs by promoting excellence in performance among students, faculty, and staff.

The College currently offers bachelor of science degree programs in environmental health and health promotion, and undergraduate minors in disaster management, environmental health, global health, health policy and management, and public health. A certificate in disaster management or global health can also be awarded if students choose to complete some additional course or experiential learning requirements.

Students can choose from a wide variety of masters and doctoral level degree programs in the following concentrations: biostatistics, disaster management, environmental health, epidemiology, gerontology, health promotion and behavior, public health, health policy and management, and toxicology. Certificates consisting of 18 credit hours are also offered in gerontology, global health, and disaster management to complement a student's degree program within the university or as a stand-alone certificate program for working professionals.

School of Public and International Affairs

Dean: Matthew Auer
Location: Candler Hall
Phone: 706-542-2059 

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) remains focused on advancing the public interest by preparing scholars and practitioners for careers in public service. SPIA is home to a vibrant community of scholars committed to teaching students and informing public policy through research.

One of SPIA’s principal missions is to prepare young men and women to pursue careers in public service – in Georgia, in the nation, and in the world. SPIA’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program already is recognized as one of the best in the nation (#6 in the 2018 US News and World Report ranking of such programs). Undergraduate and additional graduate degree programs of similar quality are being developed.

SPIA’s other principal mission is to produce high quality research that will be used by all levels of government to inform public policy decisions. SPIA’s Center for International Trade and Security is currently recognized as a leading contributor to policy decisions regarding the control of nuclear weapons. The new School will develop its capacity to speak with authority in other policy areas as well.

SPIA will continue to prepare undergraduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and to train future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

School of Social Work

Dean: Anna Scheyett

Location: School of Social Work Building, 279 Williams Street
Phone: 706-542-3364; Toll free: 1-877-535-6590
Information: 706-542-3364

The School of Social Work has been preparing students for challenging and rewarding careers in social work for more than four decades. The School of Social Work offers four degree programs. In addition, graduate students may earn certificates in marriage and family therapy, nonprofit organizations, and gerontology.

The BSW program is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program of study is designed to prepare graduates for generalist practice as professional social workers. The BSW curriculum is built on a liberal arts foundation and includes a core of professional courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for professional competency. Generalist level professional social workers are employed in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, prisons, corporations, and in many public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need. 

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is available for those interested in advanced social work practice. The MSW program features two concentration areas—Clinical Social Work Practice and Community Empowerment and Program Development. The MSW can be earned on a full-time, part-time, or advanced standing basis.
The Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, administered by the School of Social Work, offers the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations degree.  This is an advanced professional degree for those desiring careers as leaders of nonprofit organizations. The curriculum for this program includes core courses in key aspects of this field, supplemented by supervised internships and electives for specialization. 

The PhD program at the University of Georgia prepares social work professionals for careers in academic research settings, and for practice in program evaluation and other forms of scientific research in the public and private sectors. The overall goal of the program is to help students acquire the research skills necessary to develop original empirically-based research studies that have direct applications to social work practice.

UGA Education Abroad Programs (Study Abroad)

Director of Education Abroad: Dr. Yana Cornish
Location: International Education Building, 1324 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-2900

Each year, nearly 2,500 UGA students study abroad for a semester or summer term, via a wide variety of programs including, UGA Residential Centers, Faculty-led Programs, UGA Exchange Programs, Independent study/research/internship Experiences, as well as Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs.

Study Abroad programs are open to all UGA students in good academic standing, as well as all majors.  Programs are often taught in English or provide an opportunity for studying another language in 60+ countries. All students pay in-state tuition/fees for UGA programs abroad.  Plus, HOPE/Zell and other eligible financial aid will apply toward the cost of studying abroad, and other scholarships are available from the Office of International Education, UGA Departments and Colleges, as well as national scholarship competitions. 

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College of Veterinary Medicine

Dean: Lisa K. Nolan
Location: Veterinary Medicine Building
Phone: 706-542-3461 or 706-542-5728 Information, Academic Affairs

The mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to promote the art and science of veterinary medicine by acquiring, applying, and disseminating scientific advances that help diagnose and treat disease and maintain the health of animals and humans.

The four-year curriculum leads to a DVM degree. Seven academic departments are dedicated to teaching, service, and research, while the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides hands-on clinical experience. Graduate programs and post-graduate clinical training are also offered. Although two years of undergraduate work are a minimum requirement for admission to the DVM program, the student should pursue a well-rounded undergraduate degree program. The requirements for admission to the college are based on the premise that the training program of a veterinarian is a continuous one, shared by both the undergraduate college and the veterinary medical college.

Students interested in the DVM program should visit the college’s website or request further information from the Office for Academic Affairs of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Institute for Women’s Studies

The University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender. Administratively a program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Women’s Studies cooperates with departments of all schools and colleges of the University in developing its curriculum and programming.

Traditional academic disciplines have devoted little systematic attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. In the past 30 years, feminist scholars have contributed to the reinterpretation of existing data and to the presentation of new knowledge about the diversity of women’s experiences. Through course work and outreach, the Institute for Women’s Studies offers students an opportunity to explore women’s lives in global and multicultural contexts.

One of the required courses, WMST 4010 is not offered in the summer. It is now a fall only course.

Aerospace Studies Department (Air Force ROTC)

Director: Lieutenant Colonel David J. Baylor 
Location: Hardman Hall
Phone: 706-542-1751

Air Force ROTC offers undergraduate and graduate students a course of study designed to complement their academic major while providing a pathway toward a commission in the United States Air Force. Students in any major are eligible to enroll during any semester. Varying scholarship types range from two to three years and provide tuition payments, book money, and spending money up to $500 per month. A commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force is tendered upon satisfactory completion of degree and AFROTC requirements.

Military Science Department

Professor of Military Science: LTC Kurt Felpel
Location: Military Science, Baldwin Street

Phone: 706-542-2612 

Army ROTC classes teach leadership, time management, and adventure training. Lower level Military Science classes are two-hour elective classes that will count toward any major.

First and second year students can try Army ROTC for the first two years without any military obligation. Classes meet twice a week and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. They include classes on leadership, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, and rappelling.

Scholarships are available for qualified students. These scholarships pay either full tuition and fees or room and board, provide $1200 per year for books, and a monthly stipend of $300-$500 and can be used for undergraduate or graduate degrees. Students who pursue ROTC but do not qualify for a scholarship receive a monthly stipend. The HOPE scholarship can be used in conjunction with the Army scholarship. Additional incentives are available for students with prior service in any branch of the Armed Forces or service with National Guard and Reserve units. 

All students are eligible to take lower level military science classes, but those who decide to continue with the upper level classes are making a commitment to the military. Upon graduation, the ROTC Cadet receives a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserves, or National Guard. Army Lieutenants can serve in a wide variety of specialties, including combat arms like Infantry and Armor, administrative or technical specialties like Finance, Military Intelligence, Medical Corps or Veterinary Corps, or fly helicopters as a pilot in the Aviation Branch. 

Army ROTC is a great way to get more out of college and could be the difference that an employer is looking for when making a hiring decision. For more details about the Army ROTC program, call 542-2612.

The Graduate School

Dean: Suzanne Barbour
Location: 210 S. Jackson Street, Room 110, Athens, GA 30602-1777
Phone: 706-542-1739 

The Graduate School administers the graduate programs in all schools and colleges of the University. Nearly 250 graduate degrees, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Specialist in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Sciences, and Professional Masters as well as certificate programs, are offered at the University of Georgia. By offering professional development programs and funding opportunities, the Graduate School enhances learning environments and inspires scholarly endeavors.

Persons seeking admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association or its international equivalent.  Application for admission to the Graduate School must be submitted using the electronic online application on the Graduate School website.  Graduate Admissions administers the admissions process for graduate study at UGA.

University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus

Assistant VP for Academic Affairs/Director of Gwinnett Campus: Laura Crawley, Ph.D.
Location: 2530 Sever Road, Suite 153, Lawrenceville GA 30043
Phone: 678-985-6802

The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus is a highly accessible and vibrant center of advanced learning for non-traditional and working professionals in the greater Atlanta and northeast Georgia area. UGA-Gwinnett offers 17 graduate degree programs, as well as certificate programs and professional development opportunities. Classes are offered in a convenient Atlanta location, off I-85 at the Old Peachtree Road exit. With evening and Saturday classes, students can pursue an advanced degree while continuing to work full-time. Visit www.gwinnett.uga.edu for a complete list of degree programs and how to apply.

University of Georgia Griffin Campus

Assistant Provost and Campus Director, Griffin Campus: Lew Hunnicutt, Ph.D.
Location: 1109 Experiment Street, Flynt Building 203, Griffin, GA 30223
Telephone: 770-228-7263

Griffin Campus Contact: Chrystal McDowell
Telephone: 770-412-4400

All bachelor’s degree programs are upper-division programs for transfer students or those seeking a second bachelor’s degree. Prospective students need to have completed 60 transferable credit hours with a minimum 2.8 grade point average. The degree earned is a UGA degree.

The following UGA academic programs are offered at the Griffin Campus:

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agribusiness (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Education (B.S.A)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Biological Sciences (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Science, Environmental Resource Services (B.S.E.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food Industry Marketing and Administration (B.S.A.)
Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education 

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (B.S.)
Interdisciplinary Studies with Sociology or Psychology Concentration (A.B.)

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Consumer Economics (B.S.F.C.S.)

Terry College of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business (B.B.A.)

College of Education

Special Education (B.S.Ed.)
K-5 Math Endorsement
Educational Specialist in Workforce Education 
Master of Education in Workforce Education
Master of Education, Mathematics Education (M.Ed.)
Education Specialist, Mathematics Education (Ed.S.)

Doctor of Education, Workforce Education (Ed.D.)
Doctor of Education, Student Affairs Leadership (EdD)

University of Georgia Tifton Campus

Director of Academic Programs: Jason Peake 
Admissions Couselor: Breanna Coursey

Location: NESPAL / TDC Building, 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
Phone: 229-386-3528
Fax: 229-386-3626


All bachelor’s degree programs are upper-division programs for transfer students or those seeking a second bachelor’s degree. Prospective students need to have completed 60 transferable credit hours with a minimum 2.8 grade point average. The degree earned is a UGA degree.

The following UGA academic programs will be offered at the Tifton Campus for Fall 2011:

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agribusiness (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agriscience and Environmental Systems (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, in Agricultural Education (B.S.A.)
Bachelor of Science
Master of Agriculture Leadership (M.A.L.)
Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management

Office of the Vice President for Instruction

Vice President for Instruction: Rahul Shrivastav
Location: New College

Phone: 706-583-0690

The primary mission of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction is to improve student learning at UGA. This is accomplished through the units that report to this office, as well as teaching initiatives undertaken directly with schools, colleges, and individual faculty members.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Director: Bonnie C. Joerschke

Address: 220 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, Athens, Georgia 30602-6114
Phone: (706) 542-6147
Fax: (706) 542-8217

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) is a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. We are committed to taking a proactive role in supporting the recruitment, retention, and academic success of students at the University of Georgia.

OSFA provides a variety of information, services and resources prospective and current students and their parents need to understand the financial aid process and to secure funds for financing a UGA education. Our website describes available federal, state, institutional and private sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, recipient selection criteria and criteria to determine award amounts, methods of disbursement, terms and conditions of loans, employment opportunities, student rights and responsibilities, and satisfactory academic progress standards.

OSFA uses e-mail as the primary means of communication with students including notification of their application status and of their award when it is available in Athena, UGA’s online student information system. Students should regularly check their University e-mail account and follow the instructions on their Athena account. This information and the office contact information are also available at our website.

The Honors Program

Director: David S. Williams
Location: Moore College
Phone: 706-542-3240

The Honors Program provides participants with special Honors classes in the core curriculum, in addition to Honors sections in a variety of majors; the opportunity to design and pursue independent interdisciplinary majors; more intensive versions of courses required for departmental majors; and Honors undergraduate research opportunities with faculty supervision culminating in an Honors thesis or project. In addition to individualized advising throughout their education, the program provides students with special support for graduate and professional school application, as well as national fellowship and scholarship competitions.

Most Honors course sections and seminars have enrollments of 20 students or fewer and are taught by specially selected faculty. They are smaller, enriched in content, and sometimes more specialized than regular classes. Honors classes provide faculty with opportunities to introduce their disciplines more deeply, employing innovative and more individualized approaches. Students in the program choose from approximately 300 Honors classes offered annually. These classes usually fulfill core curriculum requirements.

Honors students may enroll in upper division classes in the major with Honors Option to pursue a subject more deeply within the setting of a non-Honors section of a course. Students arrange additional readings and other assignments with the class instructor and secure Honors credit for these classes by filing a form with the Honors Program. Honors students may also enroll in undergraduate research classes which enable them to work independently on a sustained research project under the guidance of a faculty member, usually leading to an Honors thesis (comparable to a Master's thesis). Honors undergraduate research classes (4960H-4980H) and Honors theses classes (4990H) are available in most departments. Additionally, Honors students with sufficient background are encouraged to participate in graduate courses, with the approval of the department, Honors Office, and in cases of 8000-9000 (Ph.D.) level courses, the Dean of the Graduate School.

The Honors Program is open to qualified undergraduates in all the schools and colleges of the University. Students may enter the Honors Program as first-year students directly out of high school or by collegiate entry after one semester's enrollment. The Honors Program also evaluates eligible transfer students who have been accepted to the University and make application to the Honors Program before their arrival to campus.

Division of Academic Enhancement

Director: Earl J. Ginter 
Location: Milledge Hall
Phone: 706-542-7575

The Division of Academic Enhancement promotes retention, progression, and graduation by assisting students in developing the life-skills necessary to achieve academic excellence. The extensive array of academic support services and courses offered by the Division provide students with the necessary tools for academic success.  The Division’s mission to students enables the University to meet the Board of Regents’ goal of increased retention and graduation rates.  

A wide range of programs and services designed to enhance both students’ individual learning and in-class performance are offered through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Services provided through the ARC and other campus locations include tutoring, writing assistance, academic counseling, reading and study strategies assistance.  

Two programs specifically established for students experiencing academic difficulties are CARE: Collaborative Academic and Retention Effort and Early Alert. These programs provide the resources to assist students in regaining good academic standing.

The Division also directs the Freshman College Summer Experience (FCSE).  FCSE is the university’s version of “Academic Boot Camp.” This four-week residential program provides first-year students with an opportunity to emerge from the program confident in their ability to successfully navigate the University campus and to meet the academic challenges that lie ahead during their first year at UGA.

Students interested in detailed information on the services, programs, and courses offered through the Division of Academic Enhancement should visit the website listed above.

Georgia Center for Continuing Education

Director: Dr. Dawn H. Cartee
Phone:   706-542-3451

The Georgia Center provides continuing education programs as well as hotel and conference facilities for adults, students, and organizations. Non-credit Professional and Personal Development (PPD) courses are offered online, in classrooms on the Athens and metro Atlanta campuses, and throughout Georgia. The UGA Hotel and Conference Center features 25 meeting rooms, 200 guest rooms and luxury suites, and 4 onsite dining options.

Washington Semester Program

Director: Don DeMaria
Location: 114 New College, Athens, GA 30602-1695
Phone: 706-542-3450

Each fall and spring semester, up to thirty-two University of Georgia students have the unique opportunity to live, work and study in Washington, DC through the Washington Semester Program. The program is open to undergraduate students in all colleges and schools at UGA.

As a student in the Washington Semester Program, you will:

  • Earn at least twelve hours of academic credit
  • Work approximately 30 hours per week in an approved internship
  • Live with other program students in Delta Hall, UGA's home on Capitol Hill 
  • Connect with leaders in public policy, government and business
  • Experience the art and culture of one of the world's great cities

To be eligible for the Washington Semester Program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.
  • At least Sophomore class standing by the term of participation.
  • Good disciplinary standing.

Applications and more information are available on the program’s website.