College of Arts and Humanities
The graduate faculty in English seek to prepare graduate students whose knowledge of language and literature will inform their intellectual and ethical understanding, and whose communication and critical thinking skills will allow them to contribute to the region and beyond in a variety of careers and positions. We share a strong commitment to keeping the program flexible enough to provide more advanced study for those who wish to further their intellectual development and rigorous enough to prepare students for doctoral work or other professional fields such as teaching, business, and law.
Nothing prepares students for the future like a glimpse back into the past, which makes our History department the perfect place to hone your skills in research, critical thinking and writing. With such a solid liberal arts background, History majors are prepared for careers in law, business, banking, politics, journalism, teaching and government, not to mention research and teaching in specialized fields such as museum studies, women's issues and the development of the world's diverse societies and cultures, both ancient and modern.
The Master of Music in Music Education program is intended for those individuals who seek advanced training in music and music education. This program is also intended for individuals who wish to pursue doctoral study and seek teaching positions in higher education.
The department's distinguished artist/teacher faculty has extensive credentials and professional experience in performance, music education, production, and other specialized areas of work in music. Graduate students receive individualized instruction in a full range of music course offerings including private study in voice, piano, organ, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
College of Education
Credit Hours: 33
The Special Education MAT program is a 33-credit hour program available for individuals who hold an existing, approved degree in any field. This program leads to certification in grades p-12 and gives the student a Masters degree at the same time.
24-30 months | Credit Hours: 33
This degree is available for individuals who hold an existing, approved degree in an undergraduate content field. It is designed for career-changers, e.g., retirees, military, who want to teach. This program will be delivered both online and in a hybrid model. The program can lead to certification in grades 6-12 and give the student a masters degree at the same time. See www.westga.edu/coelai
Our Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree program is designed to prepare teachers who will be academically grounded instructional leaders. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge will be deepened as they apply innovative, effective research-based practices in Early Childhood Education. Program faculty are dedicated to the ideals of social justice and endeavor to equip graduates with the ability work within the existing systems or to change existing systems to bring about equitable environments for all learners.
24 months| Credit Hours: 36
The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (Instructional Technology Concentration) degree is designed to prepare progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists. Graduates of the program apply their skills in P-12 schools, higher education, and corporate, health care, and government organizations. While learning in the program, students collaborate with various stakeholders through an array of technology-based tools and applications. Through professional field experiences and clinical practices, the learning experiences are performance-based and problem-based. Faculty teaching in the program is grounded in theoretical perspectives, instructional design strategies, and practical application of knowledge to ensure candidates can immediately apply what they learn in diverse educational settings.
24 months | Credit Hours: 36
The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (School Library Media) degree is designed to prepare educators to become progressive, innovative, academically grounded school library media specialists; prepare school library media specialists to successfully design and administer effective school library media programs; pioneer innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences; collaborate with all stakeholders to enhance student achievement; cultivate diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and promote the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.
The School Library Media track also leads to Georgia certification in school library media. Students who have already completed a master's degree in any field can complete the school library media certification program.
The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Professional Counseling is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, community agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. Three options of study, School Counseling, Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available.
The University of West Georgia offers a graduate program in College Student Affairs. This is a concentration within the Counselor Education & College Student Affairs program located in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies. Courses will be taught by both full-time faculty and practitioners, with meaningful assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. The CSA program uses the CAS Standards and ACPA/NASPA professional competencies for student affairs practitioners as guidelines for program development and assessment.
To prepare and develop the next generation of student affairs professionals.
The UWG College Student Affairs program will prepare graduate students for careers serving students in higher education by providing opportunities to:
- Develop advising and helping skills
- Develop competencies as outlined by the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners
- Understand and appreciate the student development experience and student diversity in higher education
- Understand the historical and theoretical context of higher education
- Understand and apply the practice-to-theory-to-practice model
- Gain focused practical experience through assistantships, internships, and practica to prepare graduates for successful careers in higher education
The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, community agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. Three options of study, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available.
The Master of Education in Reading is a graduate degree program housed in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. This degree is offered to educators certified in teaching who desire graduate studies in literacy theories, research, and instructional practices. The Reading program is fully online and consists of 30 credit hours.
The Department of Learning and Teaching in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia (COE-UWG) offers the Master of Education program in Special Education (MEd-SPED). Candidates who successfully complete this program and other requirements of the state certification agency (PSC) may be eligible for Georgia Level 5 certification. Teachers with certification in this area are infield to teach students in grades P-12 with disabilities who receive instruction using the general education curriculum and participate in the general statewide assessment, as well as students in special education preschool (ages 3-5 years).
The Master's program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The graduate program at UWG prepares students for a professional career in the identification, assessment, and treatment of all communication disorders, including language, articulation, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Successful completion of program and other professional requirements is designed to lead the applicant toward obtaining a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification, Georgia Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
College of Science and Mathematics
24 months | Credit Hours: 36
The online Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree is a professional program that provides individuals holding an undergraduate degree in any discipline the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in the exciting and dynamic field of computer science and information technology.
The mission of the M.S. Degree Program in the Department of Biology at the University of West Georgia is to provide graduate students the knowledge and training necessary to pursue advanced graduate education, professional studies, or employment. In pursuit of this mission, the Department of Biology offers a M.S. Degree Program via either a thesis and non-thesis track.
Mathematics develops computational skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. The theory, discipline, and techniques taught in mathematics courses are especially important in today's society. The faculty of the Department of Mathematics recognizes this and strives to ensure that the student learner obtains this knowledge. At the same time, the faculty contributes to the discipline by fundamental research in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education.
College of Social Sciences
UWG's MA in Criminology program is the only master's program of its kind in Georgia. It is committed to providing students with an educational experience that fits them to live, learn, and work in a culturally diverse and ever-changing world. Our mission is to prepare students for a variety of professional careers, advanced academic study, and lives of active citizenship.
The University of West Georgia Psychology Department is unique in that our theoretical roots are in the humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology traditions. Our courses move from the expression of such classically humanistic concerns as the centrality of human, subjective experience in psychology, a wholistic approach toward psychological life toward human growth and development and the extension of human potential all the way to its transpersonal and spiritual horizons, toward the meaning of genuine community and sociality, the coming to know and the acceptance of one's own authentic individuality, and the myriad ways through which growth, development, and self-actualization are shown, are limited, and are transformed.
The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction, research, and service activities that contribute to the vision and mission of the University of West Georgia. The Department embraces academic freedom and is committed to fulfilling the core principles and objectives of a liberal arts education. In addition to research and instruction, the students and faculty of the department engage in a wide array of community-based projects that serve the residents of Carrollton and the surrounding region.
The Master of Public Administration Program at University of West Georgia is a professional degree program that relates academic study to administrative practice. The curriculum is designed for those individuals who are either now in the public service or who are seeking a career in government or nonprofit agencies.
Richards College of Business
18 months | Credit Hours: 30
The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business is a member of The Georgia WebMBA®. The Georgia WebMBA® offers highly qualified students the ability to earn an accredited Masters of Business Administration degree in a convenient and flexible online setting. As a WebMBA student, you will be able to build upon your current career success while also deepening your knowledge base and will be able to apply what you are learning at your work place.
The Georgia WebMBA® consists of highly qualified professors from six University System of Georgia institutions, in which the University of West Georgia is included.
The program includes a two-day orientation held at the beginning of the program after which all class work is exclusively online.
The AACSB-I accredited MBA program serves working professionals through six core and four elective evening courses in Carrollton, Newnan, and Douglasville. The one year program begins every fall in Carrollton with a sequence of two core classes per semester. A two year, one core class per semester sequence begins each spring. Students may mix course locations and the availability of electives varies by semester.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Business Education prepares students for careers in workforce development, teaching in post-secondary institutions, training in corporate or non-for-profit environments, leadership positions in education, as well as business positions in the workplace.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Business Education degree offered in Richards College of Business is designed for individuals who currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in business (or have a business-related degree).
If you are interested in teaching business education in middle and secondary schools, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Business Education degree is offered through the College of Education, which includes teaching certification (GAPSC license).
Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for anagement control, evaluation of business enterprises, governmental units, and not-for-profit institutions. Accounting provides the measures of economic activity for our society and for our individual lives. It is the language used to communicate financial information and measure business risk.
An effective accountant must understand tax laws, securities regulations and accounting and auditing standards. Additionally, an effective accountant must understand how to motivate employees, design efficient systems to achieve shareholders' goals, prevent manipulation of such plans, and how to communicate those plans to the firm and to outsiders. Futhermore, an accounting professional must be able to explain confusing data to those with less familiarity with financial complexities and determine the level of risk in business processes.
Graduate professional education is not just training, skill development, or preparation to pass a licensing exam. It is far more than all of these combined. While focusing on the integration of technical expertise and ethical judgment, a graduate education in accounting must develop the student's analytical skills, which will be tested by difficult and often unanticipated economic arrangements. This education must also develop the written and oral skills proficient communication demands. A printable program sheet is also available for download.
School of Nursing
University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 48th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2014).
2 years/4 semesters | Credit Hours: 36
The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership. The School of Nursing also offers post masters certification in these areas.
There is also a part time plan of study available, completed in six semesters.