UGA’s Double Dawg programs are designed to permit a select number of exceptionally qualified UGA undergraduates earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe.  The MIP currently has two approved Double Dawg programs:

  • International Affairs AB/International Policy MIP (non-thesis)
  • Political Science AB/International Policy MIP (non-thesis).

Students with undergraduate majors in other fields should consult the SPIA undergraduate advising office and the Political Science & International Affairs Graduate Advisor to learn more about forthcoming MIP Double Dawg programs.

Information Sessions and Deadlines

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 using this form.  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.