ADMISSION

Information on admission to the Graduate school can be found on the Graduate School Web Site. Correspondence concerning admission to the Graduate School should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7402 or E-mailed to gradadm@uga.edu. Inquiries about facilities for advanced study and research, programs of study, and specific program requirements should be addressed to the Graduate Coordinator. For more information on admission, check the Graduate Bulletin.

Entrance Tests

Entrance test scores appropriate for each application must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency. All test scores are subject to a five-year time limitation. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission as a prospective candidate for mathematics education graduate degrees. The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an alternative entrance examination for Master of Education or Specialist in Education degree candidates. For information on test administration at the University of Georgia, contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation, Clark Howell Hall, 706-542-3183.


International Applicants and Language Requirement

Since several months may be required to process an application from abroad, foreign nationals are urged to submit complete application materials as early as possible, but no more than one year in advance. The application must include the application form, two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two official copies of test scores on an approved entrance test, a non-refundable application fee, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants for the Ph.D. degree must also submit to the department a resume and a sample of writing. International applicants, for whom English is not their native tongue, must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores in addition to scores on an approved entrance examination. Consult the departmental Graduate Coordinator for specific details.


Application for Readmission

A student who has been out of school more than three semesters prior to Fall 2007, including the summer semester, and who wishes to return for the same admission classification and major must submit an application for readmission to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Note: Students who have not enrolled during the previous six years must submit an application for a new admission. Check the Graduate Bulletin for more details.

New Continuous Enrollment Policy!

The following policies will be effective Fall 2006 for:

These policies will be in effect Fall 2007 for all graduate students regardless of enrollment status or matriculation date.

I. Minimum Enrollment

All enrolled students pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Georgia must maintain continuous enrollment from matriculation until completion of all degree requirements.  Continuous enrollment is defined as registering for a minimum of three (3) credits in at least two semesters per year (Fall, Spring, Summer) until the degree is attained or status as a degree-seeking graduate student is terminated. Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and thesis-writing master’s students who have satisfactorily completed all required courses (exclusive of 7000 and 7300) will be allowed to register at a rate equivalent to the prevailing in-state tuition rate. This policy specifies a minimum for maintaining status as a degree-seeking graduate student only.  It does not supercede the minimum enrollment requirements of other programs, offices, or agencies. Doctoral students must maintain enrollment during fall and spring semesters (breaking only for summer semesters) until the residency requirement (30 hours for PHD) has been met. Doctoral students must also complete two consecutive semesters of full-time registration (9 hours per semester during the academic year) to fulfill residency requirements. For employees of the USG who are using the Tuition Assistance Progam (TAP) the full-time registration requirement is met with 8 hours registration for two consecutive semesters.  See instructions for Out-of-State Tuition Waivers here

II. Leave of Absence

A leave of absence provides a mechanism for students experiencing unusual circumstance to be exempt temporarily from the continuous enrollment policy. A leave of absence requires approval of the Graduate program Coordinator and the Dean of Graduate School.  A leave of absence will be granted only for good cause such as serious medical and health-related issues, major financial and employment issues; pregnancy, childbirth, child care, elder care, and other significant family issues; and other major personal circumstances that interfere with the ability to undertake graduate study. 

An approved leave of absence stands in lieu of registering for the minimum of 3 credits for each semester for which the leave of absence is granted.  During a leave of absence, students may not use UGA facilities, resources, or services designed or intended only for enrolled students; receive a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or financial aid from the University; or take any UGA courses related to their program of study.  An approved leave of absence does not stop the clock: time on leave counts toward any University, Graduate School, or program time limits pertaining to the degree being sought.

A. Application.  Students may apply for a leave of absence for good cause such as serious medical and health-related issues, major financial and employment issues; pregnancy, childbirth, child care, elder care, and other significant family issues; and other major personal circumstances that interfere with the ability to undertake graduate study.  An approved leave of absence stands in lieu of registering for the minimum of 3 credits for each semester for which the leave of absence is granted.

B. Student Responsibility.  It is the student’s responsibility to apply for a leave of absence in timely fashion.   An approved leave of absence does not exempt students from the enrollment requirements of other programs, offices, and agencies such as the Veterans Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and federal financial aid programs.  Eligibility for certain types of financial aid, including graduate assistantships, requires enrollment for more credits than the Continuous Enrollment Policy.

C.  Deadlines.  A student may apply for a leave of absence before or during any
semester in which they are not registered for courses.  Application for a Leave of
absence must be received by the Graduate School Office of Enrollment Services on
or before the last day of classes for the semester for which it is requested.  A leave
of absence will not be granted retroactively after the end of a semester.

Limits.  A student may request a leave of absence for one semester, two 
      consecutive semesters, or three consecutive semesters (Summer semester
      included).  There is a 12-month limit for any one request of leave of absence.  A
      student may submit multiple requests for a leave of absence subject to these overall
      limitations: (a) 3 semester limit for master’s students; (b) 3 semester limit for doctoral
      students prior to advancement to candidacy; (c) 3 semester limit for doctoral
      students after advancement to candidacy. Get the Form.

III. Monitoring and Compliance

After the last day of each semester, any degree-seeking graduate student who has not maintained continuous enrollment by registering for the required credits or obtaining an approved leave of absence will lose their status as an enrolled graduate student.  The Graduate School will notify suspended students of this action in writing within thirty (30) days of the start of the next semester.  

Students who wish to resume graduate study must: (a) re-apply to the Graduate School for admission and pay required application fees.  Re-admission is not guaranteed and requires approval of the student’s former program, (b) pay a reinstatement fee equivalent to registering for 3 graduate credits at the current in-state tuition rate for each semester since her/his last semester of enrollment, including summer.

Students may appeal actions resulting from violating the Continuous Graduate Enrollment Policy or denial of a requested leave of absence by submitting a request in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School.  Students will be requested to document in writing unusual and extenuating circumstances that could justify an individual exception to the policy.  Appeals will be adjudicated by the Administrative Committee of the Graduate Council. 


Change of Degree Objective

A student wishing to change his or her degree objective within the Mathematics Education Program may do so with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the Dean of the Graduate School. A change of degree objective to a different program or department requires a new application with the Graduate School. Check the Graduate Bulletin for more information.


Registration

A graduate student using University facilities and/or staff time must register for a minimum of three hours of credit each semester. A student who holds an assistantship must register for a minimum of 12 hours of credit fall and spring semesters, and nine hours for the summer semester.


Course Load

A full-time course load is 9 hours per semester during the academic year and 6 hours during the summer semester.  Graduate students on an assistantship must enroll for 12 hours minimum during the academic year.  Graduate students may enroll for up to 18 semester hours per semester with approval by an advisor. The maximum course load for an eight-week summer thru session is 18 hours. The minimum course load for any summer session is 3 hours. The maximum course load during pre-summer session (Maymester) is 6 hours. For students on an assistantship, the minimum course load during summer sessions is 9 hours.  However, a load of more than 3 semester hours in the Maymester or 12 semester hours in the 8 week session should be considered carefully with an advisor. Permission to exceed the maximum load is not granted during summer semester.


Course Numbers

Courses numbered 8000-9999, taught by members of the graduate faculty, are advanced graduate courses and seminars which provide educational experiences at the highest level in a graduate student's program of study. Courses numbered 6000-6999 are fundamental knowledge courses; those numbered 7000-7999, except master's research (7000) and thesis (7300), are professional courses. Courses numbered 6000-7999 are normally taken early in the graduate student's program of study.


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