University of West Georgia
Graduate School
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

http://www.westga.edu/~gradsch/

Overview
The University of West Georgia was founded in 1906 as an A&M school and later became a charter member of the University System of Georgia. UWG is a place where drive for excellence blends academic progressiveness with rich educational tradition. One of 35 units in the University System of Georgia, the University of West Georgia is a co-educational, residential liberal arts institution conveniently located in Carrollton, GA, about an hour’s drive from Downtown Atlanta. Students attend West Georgia from several counties in Georgia, other states, and abroad.

The purpose of the University of West Georgia is to provide opportunities for intellectual and personal development through quality teaching, scholarly inquiry, creative endeavor, and service for the public good. The University aspires to preeminence in providing educational excellence in a personal environment through an intellectually stimulating and supportive community for its students, faculty, and staff.

The Graduate School, created in 1967 by action of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, offers masters and education specialist  degrees in a variety of fields and emphases within the arts, sciences, business, and education; as well as three doctoral degree programs; the Doctor of Education in School Improvement, the Doctor of Education in Counseling and Supervision; and the Doctor of Psychology in Individual, Organizational, and Community Transformation:  Society and Consciousness.

The Community
The University of West Georgia is located in Carrollton, Georgia, a hospitable city of more than 21,000 residents. The county (Carroll) in which our university resides has a population of over 107,000. Carrollton is the seat of Carroll County. As one of the fastest growing areas in Georgia and the country, Carrollton provides a regional population (more than 150,000) with retail shopping, medical, educational, financial services, entertainment, and recreation.

The campus is a unique blend of old and new. Covered with a variety of trees and flowers, the 394-acre wooded campus is dotted with structures of the early 1900s, as well as buildings exemplifying the most contemporary modes of architecture.

Programs of study and degree requirements
The purposes of the graduate program are to provide well-qualified students with the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree, to provide members of the teaching profession with the opportunity to enhance their competencies and knowledge in areas associated with the profession, to equip superior graduate students for research and study at the doctoral level, and to provide college graduates who do not desire an advanced degree the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills. Inherent in the guiding philosophy is the assumption that graduate study includes more than the passing of prescribed courses and the meeting of other minimum requirements. Any student who receives a graduate degree must possess a broad knowledge of the literature of his or her field of study, be capable of sustained study, exhibit power of independent thinking, and possess a reasonable ability in research.

The University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The quality of UWG's graduate programs has been recognized on the national level. For example, all graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduate programs offered by the Richards College of Business are accredited by AACSB-International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Most business schools across the nation do not hold this prestigious accreditation. In addition, the Masters of Professional Accounting (MPACC) program has received separate accreditation from the AACSB-International. The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the MA program in Psychology is accredited by the Consortium of Diversified Psychology Programs. We also offer the MS in Biology, which includes an evening program option and professional school transition plan. The MS in Rural and Small Town Planning is the only such program in the state. The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Art Department has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department of Nursing's masters program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the Department of Special Education & Speech-Language Pathology’s masters program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). All teacher education certification programs are taught by the same graduate faculty who teach in the NCATE accredited degree programs of the College of Education. Much could be said about other programs as well. Without a doubt, the Graduate School is able to offer you graduate programs of high quality. 

For more information about our graduate programs, please consult the Graduate School’s web page http://www.westga.edu/~gradsch/.

Facilities & Resources
Please see the University of West Georgia’s Factbook located at http://www.westga.edu/~irp/.

Expenses and Aid
Graduate tuition is $302.56 per semester hour; $774.56 for non-residents of Georgia. A full-time graduate student who is a resident of Georgia will pay $2,450.00 in tuition for 12 semester hours; a non-resident will pay $8,116.00 for 12 semester hours. The financial schedule includes the following required fees: $51.00 Transportation Fee; $6.33 Activity Fee per credit hour not to exceed $57.00 per semester; $16.56 Athletic Fee per credit hour not to exceed $149.00 per semester; $12.00 Campus Center per credit hour not to exceed $108.00; and a $50.00 Technology Fee.  An $83.00 Health Fee is also required for any student registered in 5 or more semester hours on the main campus (Carrollton, GA). At the University of West Georgia, graduate students enrolled in 9 or more hours are classified as full-time students. Those enrolled during the summer semester for at least 6 hours are considered to be full-time.

The University of West Georgia currently does not offer housing for graduate students. However, graduate students relocating to the area are usually able to find housing close to campus. For more information on housing, students may contact the Department of Residence Life at 678-839-6426 or visit online at www.westga.edu/~reslife/.

How to Apply / Application

  1. Applicants must complete an application for admission which is obtainable from the Graduate School Office. Our application is also available online. Applicants may submit an application electronically or print the application form from the Graduate School’s web site.
  2. New applicants must pay a non-refundable one-time application fee of $20.00.
  3. Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts are required from each university attended unless the applicant already has a graduate degree from an accredited institution.
  4. A 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required for regular admission. (Some graduate programs have a higher admissions GPA.)
  5. An acceptable admissions test score – A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required of applicants for graduate programs housed in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of applicants for graduate programs in the Richards College of Business.
  6. Three strong letters of recommendation
  7. Education majors are required to submit a photocopy of their highest teaching/educator certificate if they hold one.
  8. New students are also required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Immunization showing proof of immunity to mumps, measles, and rubella. The Certificate of Immunization is obtainable from the Graduate School Office or from the Graduate School’s web page.

Who to Contact
Graduate School
Cobb Hall
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
Phone – 678-839-6419
FAX – 678-839-5949
E-mail – gradsch@westga.edu
Internet – www.westga.edu/~gradsch/

* All application materials, except the Satisfactory Certificate of Immunization, must be mailed directly to the Graduate School. The Immunization Form must be sent directly to the Department of Health Services. Please see form for mailing address.

THE FACULTY AND THEIR RESEARCH
Information on graduate faculty is obtainable by accessing the Graduate School’s web site at www.westga.edu/~gradsch/.

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