Grad. Student FAQ

The AB/MA Degree Program

  • UGA does not offer a stand-alone master’s program. Current UGA students who are already pursuing a bachelor’s degree can apply for our AB/MA degree through the Double Dawgs program. We do not admit non-UGA students into our MA program, but they are eligible for our PhD program.

  • Our AB/MA programs are tailored to students who want to delve deeply into economic research. We think of it as a “PhD-light” experience, and you will complete essentially the first two years of a PhD program alongside your bachelor’s degree. It is an intellectually rewarding, but very tough course of study.

  • Your first point of contact for the AB/MA program should be the Academic Advisor for Economics. You can email them here.

The PhD Program

  • We offer a competitive funding package and generally only admit students that we can support on an assistantship. The standard assistantship package is renewable for five years and provides a stipend and tuition waiver.

  • All applicants are automatically considered for both admissions and funding simultaneously.

  • There is no need to make contact with current faculty or to find a faculty mentor prior to applying.

  • The GRE is required to be considered for admission. There are no waivers of this requirement.

  • There is no official GRE score cutoff for admission to the PhD program at UGA. However, competitive applicants generally have a score above the 95th percentile on the quantitative portion.

  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo taken during the last two years. Per Graduate School guidelines, if you have completed a degree in an English-speaking country in the last two years, you may request a waiver of the test requirement from the graduate school. English-language instruction is an important component of our PhD program, and we generally require non-native speakers to have a very good speak-score on TOEFL or IELTS. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis during the admissions review.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot waive application fees.

  • You can submit unofficial test scores and transcripts for us to consider during admissions review. You need only submit official versions once we decide to offer admission.