Program of Study (33 credit hours)

The M.Ed. program is composed of 33 credit hours including required courses, specialization courses, and a capstone course. Up to six hours may be undertaken in supervised internships, providing students with hands-on experience in university or related setting.  Full-time students typically take four courses a semester (or three courses plus a graduate assistantship). Part-time students typically enroll in two courses per semester and are required to complete 12 credit hours per academic year.



With the guidance and approval of their advisor, students will choose 6 courses to serve as a specialization within higher education. At least 3 courses must be from the Institute of Higher Education (EDHI). The remaining 3 courses can be taken either from IHE courses or from other UGA departments provided they align with the students' specialization.

Possible specialization courses are:


EDHI 7650 - Applied Project in Higher Education


Internships are not required but are strongly encouraged for students without significant professional work experience in higher education.  Possible internship placements may include offices on the UGA campus (e.g., admissions & financial aid, institutional research, service learning, Vinson Institute of Government) or other higher education agencies (e.g., University System of Georgia, Southern Regional Educational Board).  When pursued for course credit, internships must be approved by the student's advisor, the graduate coordinator, and the Institute's director to ensure that the placement provides an appropriate educational experience.  A major portion of an intern's time is spent observing, studying, and assisting in administrative decision-making, policy implementation, active research, or institutional studies. These experiences are supplemented with reflection activities undertaken throughout the semester.

Seminars and Conferences

A valuable component of each student's graduate program is the opportunity to participate in the Institute's in-service development activities. During the years in which you are formally enrolled there will be occasional workshops, seminars, conferences, and lectures in which students are expected to participate. Although these learning opportunities carry no academic credit, they are directly related to the professional and personal development of IHE graduates; participation by students is therefore strongly encouraged.