Graduate Studies


At Grady College, we’ve worked diligently to create graduate degree programs that are designed for you. We’re constantly developing new programs of study, like our new MFA degree, and we now offer a program of study that allows you to earn your Master’s degree in one year. What you’ll find here is information on our graduate degrees: The Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (M.A.) and the Ph.D. in Mass Communication. Grady also offers a Graduate Certificate in Media Analytics for students enrolled in a graduate program at the college. We’re excited, too, about our Integrated Advertising and Public Relations Concentration, our New Media Certificate program and our Double Dawgs program.

In any given year, we have anywhere from 70 to 80 graduate students pursuing graduate degrees. Our students come from all over – we have students from all regions of the U.S. and from many countries abroad. They are taught and mentored by a faculty made up of some of the most renowned researchers and educators in the world.

You’ll find information on all of our programs by following the links below. We hope you’ll spend some on the site and consider applying to one of the fantastic programs we offer here at Grady.

Dr. Glen Nowak
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Certificate in Media Analytics

The goal of the certificate is to prepare graduate students to work with research units, in-house and externally, so they are able to understand and manage the research tasks, know what type of insights can be drawn from research—including cross-media and cross-platform big data—extract insights from data, draw strategy and interpret that work to senior management.  Students take courses in media management, media planning, research methods, and social media analytics as well as a capstone course.

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Grady offers a robust program of Master’s, MFA and Doctoral degrees including:


Graduate Admission to Grady College’s Graduate Studies is a collaborative process involving Grady College and the University of Georgia’s Graduate School. Grady College has a designated graduate coordinator, Dr. Nowak, who serves as a liaison between the Grady College and the UGA Graduate School.


The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 1 of each year.
For admission to the MA program, it is recommended that your applications be completed by March 1. The Emerging Media Concentration begins in the summer semester. We recommend that your application is completed by March 1.

1. Application materials required by the UGA Graduate School:

Go to the Application to Graduate School website.
Complete their application and upload the following required materials:

* Official transcripts
* For Ph.D. applications, official GRE test score (minimum scores of 153 verbal, 144 quantitative). The GRE is no longer required for the MA programs.
* TOEFL or IELTS Requirement (minimum score of 80 overall with at least a score of 20 in the speaking and writing sections)
* 3 letters of recommendation
* Statement of purpose
* Résumé/CV

2. Additional application materials required by Grady Graduate Studies Office:

Email these materials to
* Supplemental application to Grady
* Optional: writing samples

Double Dawgs Pathways

Grady College is pleased to offer several programs for students to earn their master’s degree right after their undergraduate degree. The advantages are great: in many cases, students can complete two degrees in five years, saving time and money. Most importantly, it makes these students more marketable to future employers once they graduate.