Students are admitted ONLY during fall semester.

Effective Fall 2017, we are only accepting applicants to our Master’s Program in Child Life, our doctoral program in HDFS, and the doctoral program with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

You must submit an application to the University of Georgia Graduate School:  Please include the following documents with your application:

  • Entrance test scores (GRE; TOEFL: required of applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Transcripts for all institutions attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Autobiographical Statement ( For Ph.D. MFT Students) 

Send Us Your Application

In addition to applying to the Graduate School, you must also complete a separate departmental application.  In order to make the application process more convenient, the department will retrieve the documents you submitted to the graduate school in order to include them in your departmental application packet.  

Signed letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to Graduate School via email by your three recommenders. CHILD LIFE APPLICANTS: If you have completed a practicum in child life, please have your practicum supervisor serve as one of your three recommenders.

You will be required to submit official documents to the University of Georgia Graduate School once you have been accepted into our graduate program.

GRE/GPA Requirements

While the University of Georgia Graduate School requires a minimum GRE score of 300 (150 verbal + 150 quantitative) plus a minimum score of 4 on the writing portion, and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or 3.5 from a previous graduate program) for admission, successful applicants to the Department of Human Development and Family Science typically have significantly higher GRE scores and GPAs.  GRE score and GPAs are important pieces of data in the applicant review process and are assessed in context with other application materials such as letters of reccomendation,  and statement of goals.  

Admission to our graduate program is highly competitive.  While the number of applications and students admitted varies a bit from year to year, we typically accept approximately 20% of students who apply for admission.