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Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Certificate welcomes you to broaden your cultural knowledge base and develop a set of multicultural and social justice leadership skills for use in your graduate program and beyond. In terms of student outcomes, graduates will acquire a multidisciplinary understanding of systemic oppression and cultivate the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to make social change across a variety of educational and professional settings.

This 15-hour certificate requires one core course (3 hours) and four elective courses (12 hours). Two out of four electives must be from within the Mary Frances Early College of Education. In the core course, students will learn about the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion work across educational and professional settings. Students will then have the option to select four elective courses that discuss issues of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, immigration, poverty, and other important contemporary sociocultural issues.

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


  • Eligible if you are enrolled in a graduate degree program at UGA
  • Available on a non-degree basis if you are not currently enrolled in the graduate school
  • Ability to complete the program in five courses
  • Courses may be included as part of your regular program of study


The Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is available for current UGA graduate students and on a non-degree basis. Current UGA graduate students can apply by completing the admissions application (link below) . These applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Non-Degree Students: 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 . Be sure to review the webpage to find a summary of the application process. Applicants will also need to complete the program application.

Make sure to consult the Deadline to Apply section below for admissions application deadlines. At this time, the graduate certificate is not available entirely online, although some virtual options may be available depending on your selection of courses.

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Deadline to Apply

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer semester: April 1

Overview of Curriculum

Review a list of our approved courses using the links below. Our list includes courses from our nine (9) departments within the College of Education. Elective courses can include courses outside of the College of Education, however, at least two elective courses must be taken within the College.

If you would like to request our office to add a class to the list of approved courses, please submit a petition for approval using the course eligibility form .

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is vital to progressing through your academic program of study. Students will not be assigned a specific advisor for the DEI certificate program.

For general advising questions regarding the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate program, please email the office to schedule an in-person visit or request a virtual session.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Current graduate students at the Mary Frances Early College of Education are able to complete the DEI certificate as part of their regular course of study. For graduate students outside of the College of Education or non-degree-seeking students, the Bursar’s Office has the most updated information on each semester’s tuition and fees.

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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Review our list of approved courses and find our most recent course offerings that are eligible for the program.

Approved Course List

If you would like to request our office to add a class to the list of approved courses, please submit a petition for approval using our course eligibility form .

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.

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