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Delve into the field of workforce education in preparation for careers requiring research, scholarship, and policy development. You will explore issues in workforce education, pursue a related minor, learn research methodology, and complete a dissertation.

You may choose from among the following areas of emphasis:

  • Business education
  • Family and consumer science education
  • Healthcare education
  • Marketing education
  • Technology education
  • Trade and industrial education

Program Highlights

  1. Requires at least two consecutive semesters of full-time on-campus study
  2. Coursework can be completed over as long as six years, with the dissertation extending even further
  3. Includes a functional minor as well as major areas of study
  4. Only a select number of graduate assistantships available

Deadline to Apply

Faculty and Curriculum

You will pursue advanced studies in workforce education and a related minor before delving into the intensive research and work of completing an original dissertation. Expect to spend about three years on campus, with at least two consecutive full-time semesters, though coursework can be spread over as many as six years.

Work with a faculty advisor to design a course of study appropriate to your dissertation topic, including core coursework, electives, and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

You will take a minimum of 61 hours of coursework, including:

  • 9 hours of core workforce education courses
  • 9 hours of workforce education electives
  • 18 hours of educational research courses
  • 12 hours of courses exploring a supporting area of career and technical education study
  • 13 hours of dissertation coursework

Our respected faculty will help prepare you for careers conducting and directing research and formulating policy at universities and colleges, state education departments, educational research centers, and government agencies.

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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Explore original research in a topic that interests you through your dissertation, the completion of which can extend beyond the six-year program limit.

Spend at least two consecutive semesters in full-time study and reflection away from the demands of work, while framing the rest of your studies around your needs and timeline.

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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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