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. In 2011, the University of West Georgia restructured the administration of graduate education. Individual colleges and the School of Nursing are responsible for most administrative functions of graduate education, with online admissions, financial aid, and transcripts addressed by the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar.
Master's degrees include the Master of Arts with majors in criminology, English, history, psychology, and sociology; the Master of Music; the Master of Urban and Regional Planning; and the Master of Public Administration. There is the Master of Science degree with majors in applied computer science, biology, and mathematics, and the Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (biology, broad field science, business education, chemistry, earth science, economics, English, history, mathematics, political science, and physics) are offered as well. The Master of Education degree is offered with majors in art education*, business education, early childhood education, professional counseling, media, middle grades education, reading, secondary education (biology, broad field science, economics, English, history, mathematics, political science, and earth science), special education, and speech-language pathology.
The College of Education offers the Specialist in Education degree with majors in educational leadership, business education*, early childhood education, professional counseling and supervision, media, and special education.
UWG has four doctoral programs, which include the Doctor of Education in School Improvement and Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision through the College of Education; the Doctor of Education in Nursing Education collaboratively developed by the School of Nursing and College of Education; and a doctorate ( Ph.D.) in Psychology with an emphasis on Consciousness and Society offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Sciences.
UWG graduate certificate programs are offered in selected areas of the arts and sciences.
Students can earn non-degree initial, post-baccalaureate and post-graduate (add-on) programs in selected areas for PK-12 educator Certification.
*These programs are currently suspended.