Domestic applicants

Application materials are available through the Graduate School Admissions Office. Please send directly to the Graduate School:

  1. a completed application (including application fee)
  2. one unofficial or official transcript from each institution of higher education that granted a degree
  3. official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores:
    • GRE institution code is 5813
    • GMAT program code for all M.S. degree options is Z95-TV-06
    • GMAT program code for the Ph.D. program is Z95-TV-07
    • We may request a GRE or GMAT waiver on your behalf under certain conditions outlined below (applies to our non-thesis M.S. program only).
  4. three letters of recommendation (letters are submitted electronically through the Graduate School application system)
  5. Statement of Purpose following the required guidelines
  6. a resume or vita

In addition, please send directly to the Department's Graduate Coordinator Assistant:

  1. an Application for Assistantship (if applying for a graduate assistantship)

Your applications will be reviewed by a committee of FHCE Graduate Faculty and the Graduate School. If applying to the accelerated master's program, see additional information below.


Additional information

Admission materials are available through the Graduate Admissions Office. Please also visit the Graduate School's International Supplemental Information website then send directly to the Graduate School:

  1. a completed application (including application fee)
  2. one official or unofficial transcript from each institution of higher education that granted a degree
  3. official proof of degree(s) awarded
  4. if from a non-English speaking country, official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  5. official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores:
    • GRE institution code is 5813
    • GMAT program code for all M.S. degree options is Z95-H2-68
    • GMAT program code for the Ph.D. program is Z95-TV-07
    • We may request a GRE or GMAT waiver on your behalf under certain conditions outlined below 
  6. three letters of recommendation (letters are submitted electronically through the Graduate School application system)
  7. a Statement of Purpose following the required guidelines
  8. a resume or vita

In addition, please send directly to the Department Graduate Coordinator Assistant:

  1. an Application for Assistantship (if applying for a graduate assistantship)

The minimum English proficiency scores are:

  • TOEFL: 80 or higher with 20 or higher on each of the Speak and Write sections 
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher overall with no single band (score) below 6.0

Your applications will be reviewed by a committee of FHCE Graduate Faculty and the Graduate School.

Nearly all materials may be sent electronically via the Graduate School Online Application

UGA Graduate School

FHCE Department

Graduate Admissions 
University of Georgia 
210 South Jackson Street 
Athens, GA 30602-1777

FHCE Graduate Programs 
205 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Drive
Athens, GA 30602

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(706) 542-1739 (706) 542-4655

You should have completed a course in statistics (equivalent to STAT 2000) and microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 2106). If applying to the financial planning concentration you should have completed a course in risk management (equivalent to RMIN 4000). If applying to the Ph.D. program you should have completed an intermediate microeconomics course (equivalent to ECON 4010) and provide evidence of the successful completion of courses in statistics and calculus.

The application deadline is January 15 for all who seek a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantships are typically awarded for an academic year (beginning Fall semester). On-campus M.S.-NT applicants may matriculate Fall or Spring semesters.  Ph.D., M.S. thesis, and M.S.-NT Online applicants may matriculate Fall semester only. 

If you are not seeking financial aid, the application deadlines are:

Domestic Applicant Deadlines 

  • Fall Semester - July 1 (all FHCE degree program applications considered)
  • Spring Semester - November 15 (only accelerated M.S. and on-campus M.S.-NT applications considered)

International Applicant Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - April 15 (all FHCE degree program applications considered)
  • Spring Semester - October 15 (only accelerated M.S. and on-campus M.S.-NT applications considered)

Before applying, consult with your major's undergraduate advisor and the FHCE graduate coordinator to develop a preliminary course plan. The plan must be approved by the dean of the Graduate School prior to submitting an application. The Graduate School's Accelerated Master's Program Page has further program and cost information.

If you are considering applying to the Ph.D. program without first completing a master’s degree, please note that we seek applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • 300 combined quantitative and verbal GRE score OR 57 combined quantitative and verbal GMAT score.
    • In 2014 the mean scores for applicants admitted to the UGA Graduate School were 308 (GRE combined quantitative and verbal) and 598 (GMAT total score). See Fact Book for details.
  • 3.5 undergraduate grade point average.
  • Evidence of the ability to contribute to the completion of a research paper (a published scholarly journal article, Honor’s thesis, CURO paper, etc.)
  • Outstanding letters of recommendation.

You may also be asked to schedule an interview to discuss your qualifications and academic goals.

Applicants admitted by the University of Georgia Graduate School in 2014 had mean GRE scores of 154 (verbal) and 154 (quantitative). The mean scores of applicants admitted into our FHCE programs in 2013-2015 were similar: 152 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative). The University's mean score on the GMAT was 598; we began accepting the GMAT in Spring 2014. Among 2015-16 applicants who submitted GMAT scores, the mean total score was 650. The Graduate School seeks applicants with a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA (3.5 for graduate coursework). For detailed information on the composition of admitted students see the most recent Fact Book published by the Office of Institutional Research

For our MS-NT financial planning program (online and on campus non-thesis program) we may request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT on your behalf under certain conditions. The Statement of Purpose allows you to indicate if you meet one or more of the following four crieteria:

  1. earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA and have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience and can demonstrate in your statement of purpose/personal interview that you possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive and determination to successfully complete the MS-NT program;
  2. hold, in good standing, a designation relevant to your intended field such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), applicable FINRA licenses, or equivalent;
  3. have completed a minimum of nine credits of graduate course workat a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher; or
  4. previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.

Our online M.S. is offered to residents of most states. Here's a current list of states;  if you do not reside in one of the states listed, consider attending classes on-site.