The mission of the graduate programs at Georgia College is to educate our students at the highest level in their academic discipline and to provide them with a foundation for continuous learning as future scholars, teachers, and professionals. This is accomplished by providing high quality programs in several specialties of arts and sciences, business, education, and health sciences. Admission is based on criteria specific to each program. The programs of study emphasize independent and advanced applied research skills, professional development, cultural breadth beyond the baccalaureate degree, and sophisticated techniques applicable to many paths taken by students with superior academic qualifications.
Graduate study is much more than a continuation of undergraduate work and should be contemplated only by students who have previously demonstrated an exceptional intellectual ability and capacity for independent thought and investigation. Admission requirements serve to maintain the high standards that are characteristic of graduate study and to benefit students by helping them decide whether they should undertake such a course of action. By means of an admission classification system, Georgia College provides for the maintenance of these standards in its degree programs. It also provides for, and makes its facilities available to, a wide variety of students who are not eligible for advanced degrees, or who do not wish to become applicants for degrees.
All graduate programs are administered through the Academic Colleges. Program coordinators monitor graduate programs, provide assistance to students, make admission decisions, and perform other operational functions for their particular program areas.
Graduate programs at Georgia College are designed to provide advanced training in professional studies including business, education, logistics management, management information systems, health services, and public administration as well as disciplinary areas including biology, history, English, and criminal justice. The programs award the degrees of Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Music Education, Master of Management Information Systems, Master of Music Therapy, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, Master of Science in Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, and Specialist in Education.
Programs in teacher education at the Masters level (M.Ed.) are provided in educational leadership, early childhood education, middle grades education, secondary education, Kinesiology, music education, special education, and instructional technology. Masters of Arts in Teaching programs (MAT) are offered in middle grades math and science, special education, health and physical education, and the following secondary fields: art (P-12), biology, business education, chemistry, history, English, French, mathematics, political science, physics, and Spanish. Programs at the Specialist level include: educational leadership, special education, and curriculum and instruction with emphases in: early childhood education, middle grades education, and secondary education.