Master’s Degree Requirements - UGA Graduate School (2022)

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree will be conferred upon candidates who have met the requirements of this degree with major study in one of the following fields: anthropology, art history, business administration, classical languages, communication sciences and disorders, comparative literature, communication studies, communication studies non-thesis, economics, education, educational psychology, English, French, French non-thesis, geography, German, German non-thesis, Greek, history, journalism and mass communication, journalism and mass communication non-thesis, linguistics, linguistics non-thesis, mathematics, mathematics non-thesis, music, nonprofit organizations, philosophy, political science and international affairs, recreation and leisure studies, religion, Romance languages, Romance Languages non-thesis, sociology, Spanish, and Spanish non-thesis.

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree will be conferred upon candidates who have met prescribed requirements, with major study in one of the following fields: agricultural and applied economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, archaeological resource management, artificial intelligence, biochemical engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, biological engineering, cellular biology, chemistry, computer science, conservation ecology and sustainable development, crop and soil sciences, dairy science, ecology, entomology, environmental economics, environmental engineering, environmental health, food science, foods and nutrition, foods and nutrition non-thesis, forest resources, genetics, geography, geology, horticulture, housing and consumer economics, housing and consumer economics non-thesis, human development and family science, human development and family science non-thesis, kinesiology, kinesiology non-thesis, marine sciences, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, physics non-thesis, plant biology, plant breeding, genetics and genomics, plant pathology, poultry science, psychology, statistics, textiles, merchandising, and interiors, toxicology, veterinary and biomedical sciences, and veterinary pathology.

Professional Master’s Degrees

Listed below are the general requirements governing professional master’s degree programs. For policies pertaining to the Master of Laws (LLM) degree, which deviate from these general requirements, see the LLM program description.


  1. Admission. An applicant may be admitted as a prospective candidate for a professional degree upon the recommendation of the major department and approval of the dean of the Graduate School.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement for most professional master’s degrees is two semesters, which do not have to be consecutive. See the following program descriptions for specific requirements.
  3. Time Limit. All requirements for a professional master’s degree must be completed within six years beginning with the first registration for courses on the student’s program of study. An extension of time may be granted only on conditions beyond the control of the student. A student may petition for an exception to this policy by writing a letter to the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. This request for an extension of time must include the specific reasons that the student did not complete the requirements in the time allotted. The student must include a specific timeline for the completion of degree requirements. The student’s major professor must review the student’s request and write a letter to the Vice Provost and Dean stating approval or disapproval of the petition. The graduate coordinator and department head must review the major professor’s recommendation and indicate their concurrence by writing an additional letter. If they do not concur with the recommendation, further information should be provided by them in the letter. An extension of time may be granted only on conditions beyond the control of the student.
  4. Language Requirement. A candidate for a professional master’s degree is required to show correctness and good taste in the use of both written and spoken English.
  5. Program of Study. A program of study should be prepared by the student and the major professor during the student’s first semester in residence. This program of study, approved by the major professor and the graduate coordinator, must be submitted to the Graduate School by Friday of the second full week of classes of the semester in which degree requirements are completed. If degree requirements will be completed during summer term, the program of study is due by Friday of the first full week of classes. No grade below C will be accepted on the program of study. To be eligible for graduation, a student must maintain a 3.0 (B) average on the graduate transcript and a 3.0 (B) average on the program of study.
  6. Application for Graduation. An application for graduation must be filed with the Graduate School no later than Friday of the second full week (the first full week for summer) of classes in the semester of the anticipated graduation date. Application forms may bedownloaded.
  7. In-Service Credit. A maximum of 18 hours of graduate in-service course credit taken at non-resident centers may be included in certain programs. This maximum will be reduced by any credit transferred from another institution. A student is responsible for contacting the department in which he or she is enrolled to ascertain if in-service courses are acceptable on the program of study.
  8. Accepting Credit by Transfer. Graduate work taken at an accredited institution which constitutes a logical part of a student’s program of study may be transferred if recommended by the student’s major professor and graduate coordinator and approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Such transfer of credit cannot exceed six semester hours, cannot reduce residence requirements, and must fall within the time limit of the degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill the requirement that 12 semester hours on the program of study be open only to graduate students. No grade below B may be transferred. The courses to be transferred may not have been used as part of the requirements for another degree. Transfer grades are not used in calculating semester and cumulative averages. All requests for transfer credit, with accompanying official transcripts, must be in the Graduate School at least by midpoint of the semester in which the student plans to graduate. A combination of in-service and transfer credit may not exceed 18 semester hours on any program of study.
  9. Thesis. If a thesis is required for a professional master’s degree, inquiry should be made to the appropriate department concerning procedures to be followed.
  10. Grade Average. To be eligible for graduation, a student must maintain a 3.0 (B) average on the graduate transcript and a 3.0 (B) average on the program of study.
  11. Final Examination. The candidate must pass a final examination administered by the department. If an oral examination is given, it must be administered by a committee of no fewer than three faculty members. The results of this examination must be reported to the Graduate School by the major professor. This requirement has been waived for degrees offered in the Terry College of Business.
  12. Registration Requirement. A student must be registered at the University of Georgia for a minimum of three hours of credit the semester in which all degree requirements are completed, unless additional stipulations are required by other units of the university.
  13. Final Clearance. All requirements for the degree must be completed and reported to the Graduate School no later than one week prior to graduation.
Master of Education

The master of Education degree is designed for the students whose vocational objectives require preparation for teaching, supervising, counseling, and/or front-line administration in grades P-12 and other educational or professional agencies.

The degree is offered in the following fields: college students affairs administration, communication science and disorder, early childhood education, educational administration and policy, educational psychology, English education, higher education, learning, design, & technology, learning, leadership, and organizational development, mathematics education, middle grades education, professional counseling, reading education, science education, social studies education, special education, TESOL & world language education, and workforce education.

Plan A

The requirement for the degree of Master of Education may be met by the completion of an approved program of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework. Under this plan, the following two courses must be included in the student’s program: a research course and 7650-Applied Project in Education. A maximum of 15 hours of non-resident in-service credit is allowed on the program of study.

Plan B

Under this option, the requirement for the Master of Education degree may be met by a minimum of 36 semester hours of approved graduate course work. A research course must be included in the student’s program. A maximum of 18 semester hours of non-resident in-service credit is allowed on the program of study.

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