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Graduate School Application

Submit your application to the UGA Graduate School. After the Graduate School reviews your application, it is forwarded to the Terry’s Doctoral Programs Office, where it is given to the specific department to which you applied.

Required Documents for All Applicants

  • Unofficial transcripts from institutions you’ve attended Submit an English version if you have attended schools outside the US. Official transcripts will be required upon admission. UGA students and alumni are exempt as their records are on file.
  • GMAT or GRE scores
    Some departments (Economics) require the GRE, other departments (ACCT) require the GMAT, while some other departments may accept either under certain circumstances. Additional test score information may be found at the UGA Graduate School website.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    Letters should be from individuals who have knowledge of your academic and/or professional capability. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.
  • Statement of Purpose
    As part of the online application, you are required to upload a Statement of Purpose (essay) that describes your motivation for pursuing doctoral study.

Additional Documents for International Applicants

  • Two copies of unofficial academic transcript (submitted to the Graduate School); official copies required following admission
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO (English Language Proficiency Test Requirement)
  • After recommended for acceptance, international applicants will receive an email with more information on how to submit visa documents and proof of finances to the Office of Global Engagement.

Application Fee

You must submit a one-time application fee via credit card online in order to complete your application — $75 for domestic applicants, $100 for international applicants. For information regarding a potential fee waiver, please visit the UGA Graduate School website.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission, applicants should have:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

Admission is highly selective and identifies individuals who are prepared to meet the academic challenges of the program. The selection committee evaluates each file on its individual merits as it relates to the goals and purpose of our program. Selection combines evaluations of an applicant's scholastic ability, professional activities, and career performance.

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