A graduate division was created in 1967 by action of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In 1973, the division was given the status of a Graduate School in accordance with the new organizational structure approved by the Board of Regents. In June 1996, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia officially changed the name of West Georgia College to State University of West Georgia, which was then changed to University of West Georgia in 2006.
Degrees offered include the Master of Arts with majors in criminology, English, history, psychology, and sociology; the Master of Music; and the Master of Public Administration. There is the Master of Science degree with majors in applied computer science, biology, and mathematics, the Master of Science in Rural and Small Town Planning, and the Master of Science in Nursing. Also offered are the Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Art in Teaching in Secondary Education (mathematics and science). The Master of Education degree is offered with majors in educational leadership, art education*, business education, early childhood education, French Language Teacher Education, professional counseling, media, middle grades education, physical education, reading, secondary education (English, mathematics, science, and social science), Spanish Language Teacher Education, special education, and speech-language pathology. Also offered is the Specialist in Education degree with majors in educational leadership, business education*, early childhood education, professional counseling and supervision, media, middle grades education, physical education, secondary education (English, mathematics, science, and social science), and special education. In addition, the Doctor of Education in School Improvement and the Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision are offered through the College of Education, a doctorate in Psychology in Individual, Organizational, and Community Transformation: Society and Consciousness is offered. Graduate certificate programs are offered in selected areas of the arts and sciences. We also offer non-degree initial, post-baccalaureate and post-graduate (add-on) certificate programs in selected areas for teacher education and the arts and sciences.
All graduate work is administered by the Graduate School and the Committee on Graduate Studies. All correspondence should be addressed to the Dean of the Graduate School.
*These programs are currently suspended.