Application Questions

Are assistantships or other financial aid available?

For more information, please see the “Assistantships & Funding” section.

Are there application fee waivers for financial need?

UGA does not offer need-based application fee waivers. Some applicants, such as McNair Scholars and veterans, may qualify for an application fee waiver: a full list of qualifying programs is here.

Are you waiving the GRE due to COVID-19?

The Graduate School of the University of Georgia has decided to not require (but strongly recommend) the GRE for the current (Fall 2021) application cycle.

Are there minimum requirements for GPA, GRE, etc.?

GPA

The minimum undergraduate GPA standard for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia for applicants who do not have a prior graduate degree is 3.0.

GRE

It is highly recommended that applicants have at least a combined score of 1100 (old scale) or 300 (new scale) on the GRE. As with GPAs, the average GRE score of students admitted into our graduate program varies from year to year.

TOEFL

The minimum TOEFL score for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia is 80, with no subscore lower than 20. It is highly recommended that international applicants have a combined score of at least 90.

IELTS

The minimum IELTS score for admission to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia is 6.5 overall band score with no lower than 6.0 on any band.

Can I schedule a visit to see the department and campus?

Campus visits are currently temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 conditions. Contact Dr. Megan Morgan at meganjs@uga.edu for further questions.

What is the cost of the MIP?

For students without an assistantship, the tuition per semester in Fall 2020 is $370 per credit hour for 1-11 credit hours, or $4,439 for 12 or more credit hours for in-state students. Out-of-state and International students pay $1,050 per credit hour for 1-11 credit hours, or $12,593 for 12 or more credit hours. Please see the Bursar’s office website for more details.

 

Program Questions

How does the MIP differ from the MA in Political Science and International Affairs?

The MA offered jointly by the Departments of Political Science and International Affairs is an academic degree intended to train students for teaching and research careers at the university level. The MA is considered a precursor to a Ph.D.

The MIP, however, is intended to prepare students to enter directly into international policy careers. Examples of possible placements include: governmental and non-governmental organizations, the diplomatic corps, federal agencies such as the Foreign Service and the intelligence community, and other foreign policy making fields.

Is the program available on a part-time basis?

Although the MIP is not designed for part-time students, it is possible for students to take less than a full course load, thus extending their time in the program.

Are courses offered on the evenings and weekends for working professionals?

The graduate course schedule is not created for working students. Depending on the semester, there may be a course or two offered on weekday evenings, but this is not a guarantee. There are no courses offered on weekends.

Are any MIP courses offered outside of Athens?

All MIP courses are taught on the UGA campus in Athens, GA. No online or distance-learning courses are available.

How long does the program take to complete?

The MIP requires 36 credit hours to complete. Full-time students should complete the program in four semesters or two academic years.

Can I enroll in a dual degree program (e.g. MIP and JD)?

The MIP is not currently part of any dual degree program. Students may, if they’d like, enroll in two degree programs concurrently, but must take all courses required for both programs. For example, if a student enrolled in both the MIP and JD programs, it would take two years of coursework to complete the MIP and three years of coursework to complete the JD.

Is there an AB/MIP program available to current undergraduates at UGA?

Yes. The MIP has joined with the UGA Honors Program to offer the AB/MIP joint degree program. This unique program allows undergraduate honors students to simultaneously complete a Master’s of International Policy degree while completing their undergraduate degree. For more information, please contact Dr. Joshua Massey.

Is the MIP a good fit for military personnel and defense professionals?

Now, more than ever, it is important for military officers and other members of the defense community to understand how WMDs and WMD-related materials proliferate between nations or fall into the hands of non-state actors. Graduates of the MIP program can interpret non-proliferation policy within the larger context of the global defense landscape. More importantly, MIP graduates gain the expertise necessary to identify and address field-level WMD threats as they occur in the modern battlespace.

The MIP program is an excellent fit for active duty personnel participating in the U.S. Army’s Graduate School Incentive Program, Advanced Civil Schooling program, or equivalent programs from the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and reserve components. The University of Georgia is a military-friendly campus which offers a variety of resources for current military and veterans alike.