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Embark on a rich and in-depth exploration of literacy topics in this flexible program aimed at non-teachers as well as experienced educators. You'll craft a personalized course of study focused on your experience and interests.

Working with our internationally renowned faculty, you'll develop the skills to conduct original research, making this degree a good precursor to doctoral studies or work in research.

Program Highlights

  1. Ranked in the top 10 graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2015)
  2. Flexible course format including full- and part-time, online, on-campus, or hybrid
  3. Research-oriented program with thesis
  4. No certifications or certification upgrades

Deadline to Apply

October 15: Spring
February 15: Summer, international
April 1: Summer, domestic
April 1: Fall

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Faculty and Curriculum

Our MA degree program provides you with an opportunity to strengthen your content background and to develop your research skills. Through coursework and individual faculty guidance, you will develop the skills needed to conduct original research, making this degree a good precursor to a doctoral degree.

The MA degree is a 30-semester-hour program emphasizing research and theory. It is designed primarily for students who are interested in advanced knowledge about literacy and are not certified teachers. A thesis is required for completion of this degree.

In this program, you will study with faculty leading new and innovative research and teaching practices associated with literacy education. You will explore and analyze theories, issues, and approaches in the research of literacy across the lifetime (early childhood through adult learners), while developing research and inquiry skills to conduct your thesis project. You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will support you in the planning of your program of study, which includes the areas of education foundations; reading, writing, children's literature and digital literacies; electives; and research-oriented courses. With the guidance and instruction of faculty with great contributions, publications, and accolades in the literacy field, this program will prepare you to engage in critical inquiry and analysis of issues in literacy education.

Degrees can be completed as a part-time or full-time student. Students have options to take courses in all face-to-face, all online, or some combination of face-to-face and online environments.

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

Expand your literacy experience through the college's Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Children's Literature Conference and Book Awards, and the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization.

You will also work closely with a faculty advisor to create a personalized course of study, and have the opportunity to take advantage of our flexible part-time, night, weekend, and online learning options to design a program that works for you.

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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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