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This primarily online program provides doctoral-level education for student affairs professionals in Georgia and nationally who are employed full-time and need a part-time doctoral program.

Students who complete the program will lead their institutions in creating enhanced and effective environments conducive to student learning and development. The goals for this program include:

  • Provide doctoral-level education for student affairs professionals in the state of Georgia and nationally who are employed full-time and need a part-time doctoral program
  • Educate scholar practitioners who will lead their institutions in creating enhanced and effective environments conducive to student learning and development
  • Create a doctoral-level educational opportunity for student affairs professionals at institutions in more rural settings or at institutions that do not offer post-master's education

The program is not eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program, and the Regents Administrative Committee on Student Affairs have agreed to work with admitted employees to cover half of this cost. This decision is exclusive to the employing institution and its leadership. For more information, please contact the Georgia Board of Regents Office at 404-962-3110.

Program Highlights

  1. Part-time doctoral program is perfect for full-time professionals
  2. Three-year online program with occasional on-campus meetings
  3. Often the next step after a master's degree
  4. Candidates with master's degrees also need at least two to three years of full-time employment to apply

Deadline to Apply

January 31, 2018

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Faculty and Curriculum

The three-year program (with an optional fourth year, if needed, for dissertation completion) takes place on UGA's Griffin campus with a one-week intensive program in May on the Athens campus. Students are required to complete two courses each term (fall, spring, and summer).

Most of the coursework is delivered in a blended format using online education (including weekly classes) with face-to-face meetings several times during the semester in Griffin. The program has six full-time and three adjunct faculty members. All are scholars who have worked or are still working in the field of student affairs.

One main feature of this program is supervised internships. These can include special projects within your current job, special university projects, or work in an office other than your own.

You will complete a total of 60 credit hours, which breaks down into six hours per semester, plus an additional six for your last year as preparation for your dissertation. Your first-year coursework includes:

  • Seminar in student affairs administration
  • Advanced theories of college student development
  • Staffing practices in student affairs
  • Legal issues in student affairs
  • Educational research in counseling and human development services

During your second year, your coursework includes:

  • Environmental and facilities management
  • College student outcomes, assessment, and accreditation
  • Organizational development and leadership
  • Applied statistical methods
  • Administrative practices in student affairs
  • Educational research in counseling and human development services

Your third year includes a research seminar, research, and a dissertation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

This program offers you valuable and unique features such as:

  • A small size cohort model of study
  • Six full-time and adjunct faculty members who devote their time to instruction in Student Affairs administration
  • Students and faculty who work to form a true learning community focused on synthesizing the theory and practice of Student Affairs
  • Advanced specialized study designed specifically for people committed to careers in Student Affairs
  • A part-time, primarily online program
  • Comparatively affordable options for doctoral education in the nation
  • A belief that higher education should focus on assisting students' intellectual, psychosocial, and ethical growth

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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