When do students attend classes at the Gwinnett campus?

Classes on campus will run on five Friday-Saturday sessions each semester. You’ll start your first class at 3:30 on Friday, end at 7:00pm, and then continue that class from 8:30 to 10:30am on Saturday. There will be a 30-minute break, and the second class will run from 11:00am to 4:30pm on Saturday with a catered lunch provided in-class on Saturday.

These were the dates for our weekend class sessions in 2015-16:

Summer 2015 - May 15-16; June 5-6; June 26-27; July 10-11; July 24-25
Fall 2015 - Aug 21-22; Sept 11-12; Oct 9-10; Nov 6-7; Dec 4-5
Spring 2016 - Jan 15-16; Feb 5-6; Feb 26-27; Mar 25-26; April 22-23

Please note that there are typically 4 to 5-week breaks between each semester.

What do students do during the time between the on-campus sessions?

Read, work on assignments, and remain active on the university’s e-learning classroom (ELC). Because of the limited in-person class time in this program, it is essential that students keep up with the assigned readings and frequently log in to the ELC. Our instructors actively utilize the ELC for instruction and to maintain student engagement between sessions. This can be in the form of discussion boards, online quizzes, instructional videos, and group collaboration.

What resources are available on the Gwinnett Campus?

Please see the Gwinnett Campus website for detailed information: gwinnett.uga.edu. In many cases, resources, personnel, and administrative support are more accessible and available on the Gwinnett Campus (versus the Athens Campus) because you are not competing with 30,000 undergraduate students for them. 

What is the typical format for the classroom sessions?

It depends on the course. The introductory and research methods courses tend to be lecture-style with intermittent group discussion or exercises, whereas the specific content courses, such as Leadership or Engagement, are seminar-style with student-led discussions and brainstorming or case analysis activities. Some courses also split up into smaller lab-style sessions to focus on specific skill development.

How are grades typically determined?

It varies by course but can include any of the following: class participation, online discussion participation, quizzes, exams, thought papers, article/literature reviews, case response papers, executive summaries, proposals, and presentations. Most courses also have a capstone project assigned to small groups. Being able to work in a group is critical to later success as an I-O Psychologist and is a common component of most graduate programs in I-O Psychology or Business.

How long will it take me to finish the program?

Nearly all students will complete the program in two years. The course schedule is designed for each cohort to take classes at the same times on Friday and Saturday. Students complete two courses per semester for six consecutive semesters. This includes the Summer semester. Your anticipated graduation date is at the end of the Summer semester of your second year in the program.

Can I start in the Spring or Summer semesters?

No. This is a cohort program. Students begin in a cohort each Fall and progress through coursework together.

Do I have to maintain a minimum GPA?

The University of Georgia Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA. After two consecutive semesters of a GPA below 3.0, a student will be placed on probation and must earn at least a 3.0 in all remaining semesters or be dismissed. Further, any courses where a student earns a C or below will not count toward graduation. Because this is a cohort-style program, not earning credit for a course will likely result in delaying graduation by an entire year.

I’m working full-time in a busy job and am worried that I won’t have time to focus on the coursework in this program. How much time will I need to dedicate to class each week?

The program is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs and workloads of working professionals. Our instructors are flexible on assignment due dates and just ask that students notify them when additional time is needed. That being said, master’s degree coursework is naturally more challenging than undergraduate coursework. There tends to be a bit more reading, and with only five classroom sessions each semester, the courses move quickly. You should expect to dedicate roughly 8 to 9 hours a week, on average, to coursework (not including classroom time).

Am I the right fit for this program?

You will be a good fit if you: are comfortable with collaborative learning, are comfortable with distance learning and working in dispersed project teams, are self-disciplined and organized in handling the coursework between classroom sessions, have an analytical mind, enjoy reading and acquiring knowledge about a new field of study, have an interest in using the scientific method to address strategic talent needs at work, enjoy gathering and analyzing data to deliver evidence-based solutions, and have access to an organization where you can apply your learning,

What will happen if I can’t attend a session during the semester?

Because there are only five classroom sessions each semester, it’s extremely important to attend every session. Missing a session is like missing two to three weeks of a traditional course that meets weekly. That being said, missing an occasional session due to unforeseen circumstances or important life events is completely understandable.

Being absent for more than one session in a semester, however, can drastically deter from learning and performance in the program. In these rare instances, a student would likely need to withdraw from the course. And, because classes are typically only offered once a year in this program, failure to complete a course would likely delay progress to graduation by multiple semesters.

How much is tuition for the program?

In-State $4,878 per semester x 6 semesters $29,268
Gwinnett Fee $636 per semester x 6 semesters $3,816
Total In-State $29,268 + $3,816 $33,084
Out-of-State  $8,878 per semester x 6 semesters $53,268
Gwinnett Fee  $636 per semester x 6 semesters $3,816
Total Out-of-State $53,268 + $3,816 $57,084

*Based on 2016-2017 tuition rates. Tuition is subject to change based on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Can out-of-state applicants (non-Georgia residents) apply for in-state tuition status?

Yes, section of the University System of Georgia policy manual allows for certain qualifying students to receive a waiver of their out-of-state tuition differential and pay in-state rates. The full details are provided in this online Board of Regents Policy Manual. Waiver request forms can be found on the UGA Office of the Registrar website. The two most common requests are for Military and for Economic Advantage.

The Economic Advantage waiver can be requested if you move to the state of Georgia for full-time employment prior to your first day of classes in the IOMP. This can include either a change in jobs or a job transfer that requires relocation for you or your spouse. Dependent students can also request this waiver if their parents move to the state of Georgia for employment purposes. More details are available on the two websites listed in the previous paragraph.

Is this program TAP-eligible for employees of the University System of Georgia?

No, because this is categorized as a professional graduate program, students cannot use TAP benefits to cover the cost of tuition.

How much should I anticipate paying for textbooks?

Total textbook costs per semester typically range from $0 to under $300. We make every effort to minimize the cost of textbooks for students each semester, including occasionally purchasing a course textbook for all students.

Do you provide any meals or reimbursement for transportation for the Gwinnett campus classes?

We provide a full catered lunch on each Saturday of class. You will need to provide your own food for other meals. You will also need to pay for your own transportation to the Gwinnett campus.

What student support services are available to me as a UGA graduate student?

You will have access to all of the services and resources available to any graduate student at The University of Georgia. You can find more details here: http://grad.uga.edu/. While many of the services are provided on our Athens campus, the Gwinnett campus does have its own library, writing center, and student affairs office. You can find more information on the Gwinnett facility here: http://gwinnett.uga.edu/
Also, graduate students on the Gwinnett campus have access to a $300 grant every semester called the Leadership and Professional Development Grant. These funds can be used for registration and travel costs for professional conferences, networking events, professional development workshops, and other skills training and educational sessions.