The Double Dawgs program was created to give ambitious and motivated students a competitive advantage in today’s knowledge economy. By earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less, students can save time and money while positioning themselves for success after graduation. SPIA offers two Double Dawgs programs with the Master of International Policy. For more general information about the Double Dawgs program, click here.

For the SPIA Double Dawgs Pathway Application, click here.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Each semester the MIP director hosts an in-person information session for students interested in participating in one of the MIP Double Dawg programs.  The Fall 2022 sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th at 4:00 and Thursday, September 8th at 4:00 in Candler 117.  The information sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and will discuss the MIP program, how to apply, and application materials.  Additionally, representatives from SPIA’s undergraduate and graduate advising will be present to answer student questions.

The Spring 2023 information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th at 4:00 and Thursday, January 26th at 4:00 in TBD.  The information sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and will discuss the MIP program, how to apply, and application materials.  Additionally, representatives from SPIA’s undergraduate and graduate advising will be present to answer student questions.

Deadline to Submit Pathway Application Materials

The deadline to submit MIP Double Dawg Pathway Application materials for students intending to enroll in graduate courses for Spring 2023 is Thursday, October 27th.  Students will be notified via Athena of their acceptance or denial to the pathway prior to registration for spring semester but no later than Tuesday, November 1st.

The deadline to submit MIP Double Dawg Pathway Application materials for students intending to enroll in graduate courses for Fall 2023 is TBD.  Students will be notified via Athena of their acceptance or denial to the pathway prior to registration for fall semester but no later than TBD.

How to Apply
  • The Double Dawg program has two distinct application phases.  Phase I is applying for acceptance to the pathway.  Acceptance to the pathway permits students to register for MIP graduate courses.  If students successfully complete graduate coursework in the pathway, they may progress to Phase II, applying for admission to the Graduate School and formally matriculating into the MIP program.Phase I:  Applying for Acceptance to the Pathway 

    Step 1:  Login to Athena and select “apply” for the appropriate pathway.

    Step 2:  Complete the SPIA Double Dawg Pathway Application form and submit to your respective undergraduate advisor to confirm eligibility and sign.    Following are the minimum requirements for applying to the pathway:

    -Minimum 3.5 UGA GPA

    -Minimum 60 hours in-progress with at least 30 hours of UGA coursework (excluding AP, IB, or transfer credits)

    -9 hours of major coursework completed or in-progress

    *Note:  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the pathway.   There are limited seats for pathway students and acceptance is competitive.

    Step 2:  Meet with your undergraduate and graduate advisor to develop a personal program of study (ADD LINK TO TEMPLATE).  The personal program of study outlines the specific courses and number of hours that the student plans to take each semester to successfully complete the Double Dawg program.

    Step 3:  Draft a resume and personal statement.  Your personal statement should be no longer than two pages (11-12 point font and approximately 500 – 600 words) and should address the following three topics.  First, briefly discuss your career aspirations, for example, where do you aspire to work after graduation (an international organization, federal government, or industry), what are your long-term professional goals, et cetera?  Second, please discuss how you envision UGA’s Master of International Policy (MIP) program assisting you with achieving your career goals.  For example, what knowledge and skills do you hope to gain, are you primarily interested in energy security, human security, or nonproliferation issues, are there particular classes in which you hope to enroll, or professors you would like to work with, et cetera?  Finally, expound on any education, work experiences, language skills, et cetera, that are exceptionally relevant to or have informed your career goals.

    Step 4:  Submit all application materials to Dr. Joshua Massey (jnmassey@uga.edu) prior to the respective semester deadline for review by the admissions committee.  A full application includes applying via Athena and submission of the the following materials:

    Double Dawg Pathway Application

    -Personal Program of Study

    -Resume

    -Personal Statement

    Phase II:  Applying to the Graduate School and Master of International Policy (MIP) program

    Upon successful completion of graduate coursework while in the pathway, students may apply to formally matriculate into the Master of International Policy program.  Students typically spend two semesters in the pathway prior to applying for admission to the Graduate School and formally matriculating into the MIP, however, the number of semesters spent in the pathway may vary.  Application instructions for the Graduate School and the MIP are located here (ADD LINK TO APPLICATION PORTAL).  Please note, students participating in the Double Dawg pathway are not required to submit a GRE score for admission to the Graduate School.  Additionally, Double Dawg students may matriculate into either the Spring or Fall semester.

AB in International Affairs & Masters of International Policy

The A.B. in International Affairs focuses on how governments interact with one another (international relations) and the similarities and differences in political systems (comparative politics) with additional strengths in security studies, political economy, and issues of community. It is an especially appropriate major for those who want to understand politics on the world stage, including how politics and economics combine to shape policy outcomes, how nations and leaders strategize, cooperate and interact in times of peace and in times of conflict, and how nongovernmental organizations, political movements, and demographic changes influence global events.

Building on that undergraduate coursework, the Master of International Policy (MIP) prepares students for careers in the international arena through a rigorous course of study in policy analysis and international affairs.  The program relies on a problem-oriented approach so as to prepare students for the complex work of defining, analyzing, and solving real-world challenges.

MIP students explore a range of contemporary national and international security issues and examine how political, economic, and social forces affect policy formation and implementation. Additionally, the program offers a highly specialized focus on nuclear nonproliferation and strategic trade.

MIP courses are taught by nuclear security experts at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), as well as by scholars in the School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Engineering.  The MIP program of study consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 classes) and the completion of a capstone project.

Double Dawgs students begin their MIP coursework with INTL 6200 “Pre-Seminar in International Relations” no later than the second term of their third year. They continue with INTL 6000 “Foundations of International Policy” and INTL 6010 “Research Methods in International Policy” in the first term of the fourth year and continue with two more topical courses in the second term of the fourth year.

Double Dawgs students apply to the Graduate School for admission to the graduate program in the first term of the fourth year.

Individual students’ timelines will vary, so it is important to plan in consultation with both the undergraduate and graduate program advisors for any Double Dawgs program.

AB in Political Science & Masters of International Policy

The A.B. in Political Science offers a broad and deep understanding of politics within a structured program of study. In addition to a liberal arts foundation, it focuses on a range of courses covering politics in the United States, important debates in political philosophy, legal and constitutional issues, research skills and other topics. Students focused on public service, public policy, government, politics, and law find a ready home in the program.

The Master of International Policy (MIP) prepares students for careers in the international arena through a rigorous course of study in policy analysis and international affairs.  The program relies on a problem-oriented approach so as to prepare students for the complex work of defining, analyzing, and solving real-world challenges.

MIP students explore a range of contemporary national and international security issues and examine how political, economic, and social forces affect policy formation and implementation. Additionally, the program offers a highly specialized focus on nuclear nonproliferation and strategic trade.

MIP courses are taught by nuclear security experts at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), as well as by scholars in the School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Engineering.  The MIP program of study consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours (12 classes) and the completion of a capstone project.

Double Dawgs students begin their MIP coursework with INTL 6200 “Pre-Seminar in International Relations” no later than the second term of their third year. They continue with INTL 6000 “Foundations of International Policy” and INTL 6010 “Research Methods in International Policy” in the first term of the fourth year and continue with two more topical courses in the second term of the fourth year.

Double Dawgs students apply to the Graduate School for admission to the graduate program in the first term of the fourth year.

Individual students’ timelines will vary, so it is important to plan in consultation with both the undergraduate and graduate program advisors for any Double Dawgs program.