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Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Broaden your cultural knowledge base, acquire a multidisciplinary foundation, and develop multicultural and social justice leadership skills with our Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

This 15-hour certificate includes one core course (3 hours) and four courses of electives (12 hours). In the core course, students will learn about the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion work across settings. Then, students will select four elective courses that teach about issues of race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, immigration, poverty, and other important contemporary sociocultural issues. As one of the main points of focus, students will develop a deeper understanding of systemic oppression in order to cultivate the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to make social change across a variety of settings.

If you have questions about this program, please email the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion .


  • Eligible if you’re enrolled in any graduate degree program
  • Available on a non-degree basis if you aren’t enrolled in the graduate school
  • Complete the program in five courses
  • Courses may be included as part of your regular program of study


Take one of two available core courses, and then choose four electives that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from within or outside your program and department. See our sample list of courses in the “Download Sample Courses” link below. This sample list includes courses offered within the 9 departments in the College of Education. Please note that you can also select courses outside of the College of Education (e.g., African Studies, Women’s Studies):

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The Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is available for current UGA graduate students and on a non-degree basis. At this time, the certificate is not available entirely online.

Current UGA graduate students can apply by completing the program admissions application . These applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applicants wishing to pursue the certificate on a non-degree-seeking basis must first apply through the UGA Graduate School as a non-degree-seeking student . Read a summary of the application process . Non-degree-seeking applicants also need to complete the program application . Non-degree-seeking applicants should consult the Deadline to Apply section below for admissions application deadlines.

Deadline to Apply

  • July 1 (Fall)
  • November 15 (Spring)
  • April 1 (Summer)

Deadline to Apply to Graduate

  • If you are graduating in Fall semester, apply to graduate by October 15.
  • If you are graduating in Spring semester, apply to graduate by March 15.
  • If you are graduating in Summer semester, apply to graduate by June 15.

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your AdvisorMost 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.
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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Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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