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Top five myths about the UGA graduate application process

Top five myths about the UGA graduate application process

Ahead of Spring application deadlines for UGA graduate programs, Cheri Bliss, Director of Graduate Student Services, debunks the top 5 most common myths regarding the application process. 

Here are some of the most common questions asked by prospective students and answers that may surprise you.

Do all my documents, such as letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, test score if required or any supplemental application, have to be received and loaded before I submit and pay the application fee?

No.  All of the documents can come in after your application for admission is submitted.  There’s no need to delay in submitting your application.

Do all of my recommendations need to come from professors that I studied under in Undergraduate school? 

In most cases, since it’s been years since you completed your undergraduate degree, Bliss advises prospective students to use their supervisor and colleagues instead. These individuals will be in a better position to speak to your current abilities and character. 

Does my statement of purpose need to be x number of pages?

Although UGA Online does not have a limit on the number of pages you can upload, you should answer the following in your statement of purpose: Why are you seeking admission into this online program? What do you plan to accomplish after completing the degree program? Why are you a good candidate for admission into the program?

Does my undergraduate GPA have to be an exact 3.00 for admission into the online degree program?

UGA online professional master’s programs use a holistic approach in making admission decisions. The academic department will review and weigh the merits of all of the following documents: transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, test scores, and recommendations to make their admissions suggestions. 

Due to COVID 19 are all Graduate Schools waiving the GRE requirement?

It’s important to check the admissions checklist for your desired program, some degree programs either do not require the GRE or they may offer options for a waiver. 

The GRE is now offered in the comfort of your home with a virtual proctor option. UGA’s graduate certificate programs do not require test scores for admission consideration.

Learn more about spring application deadlines and details for online programs.