How to Apply to Graduate School
Follow these steps to apply to a graduate program
- If you need to update your submitted application to a new term, please use this update form.
- If you are an International Student, and have questions concerning the application process, you can contact the Office of International Admissions at email@example.com or 1 (678) 839-1391 before beginning the application process.
- Online Degree and Certificate Programs may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please contact Janet Gubbins, the Director of Distance Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm that the program is available in your state.
Steps For Graduate Program Application
- Step 1 - Online Application
- Step 2 - Official Transcripts and All Required Documents
- Step 3 - Graduate Entrance Exam
- Step 4 - Program Specific Requirements
- Step 5 - Verification of Lawful Presence
- Step 6 - Proof of Immunization
- Step 7 - Check the Status of Your Application
Complete this online application for admission. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted.
When you submit your online application, you will be directed to pay the $39.99 non-refundable application fee by credit or debit card to the University of West Georgia. Call the UWG Graduate Admissions Office, (678) 839-1394, if you need help.
Note: If you are a McNair Scholar, please check the waiver option at the end of the application to waive the application fee and then email our office at email@example.com with the completed McNair Program Participation Form, signed by your school's McNair Official.
Official Transcripts and All Required Documents
Contact each institution you have attended and request that they mail an official copy of your transcript directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office. If hard copies are mailed, send transcripts and all supplemental items to the following address:
UWG Graduate Admissions
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: (678) 839-1394
Official electronic transcripts are preferred where available, and may be sent from the issuing institution directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or by choosing 'University of West Georgia-Graduate Admissions' in the recipient list.
Do not send official electronic transcripts to colleges, departments, or program directors.
If a transcript is mailed to you instead of to Graduate Admissions, do not open it. Forward the transcript in its original, sealed envelope directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Graduate Entrance Exam
Graduate programs vary in their requirements for entrance examinations. Please review the 'Admissions' tab for your individual program of study's requirements under the 'Programs' link above.
If your program requires an entrance exam, your next step is to schedule the graduate entrance exam. Take the exam 6 weeks prior to the application deadline to insure adequate time for processing. Exam scores will be reported directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Note: Use the University of West Georgia institution code #5900 for the GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL.
A photocopy of your personal exam results may be submitted to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office to verify that the exam was taken; however, official test results must be received from the testing agency (e.g., Educational Testing Service, Psychological Corporation, or Graduate Management Admissions Council) before your application will be considered complete.
Program Specific Requirements
Each graduate program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please review the "Admissions" tab to find your individual program of study's requirements under the 'Programs' link above.
You may upload certain documents to your file by logging into Begin West. Otherwise, send all program specific documents to the Graduate Admissions Office for processing. Once your admissions file is complete, it will be forwarded to the department for review.
Verification of Lawful Presence
Students who want to qualify for in-state tuition rates must verify their lawful presence in Georgia. Review UWG Admission's page about Verification of Lawful Presence for instructions on verifying lawful presence.
Because online students pay eTuition rates, which are neither in-state nor out-of-state, they are not required to verify lawful presence.
Proof of Immunization
After you are admitted, you will be required to show proof of immunization. Send your Certificate of Immunization (PDF, 127K)) to email@example.com, or mail to:
Office of Student Health Services
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118-4700
This requirement is a Georgia Board of Regents policy; however, there is one exception. If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request by calling Health Services at (678) 839-6452.
Students admitted to 100% online graduate programs do not need to submit this requirement.
Check the Status of Your Application
You can monitor the progress of your application and track the submission of your supplemental items via Begin West by clicking on the 'Supplemental Items and Documents' section of your online application.