There are 39 public, private non-profit and private for-profit institutions in Georgia that offer graduate education. Students can choose from universities, colleges, seminaries and schools specializing in particular fields like law or the arts. There are many ways to research and sort through school options. Here we compare these schools by their location to a urban center, student population, tuition rates and undergraduate-graduations rates based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Georgia Graduate Schools Near Large Cities
From access to a larger population to sample from to valuable research facilities, larger cities often provide graduate students with opportunities that they can't find in less populated regions. Here is a list of only five of the Georgia graduate schools you will find in urban areas.
- Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
- Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)
- Beulah Heights University (Atlanta, GA)
- Wesleyan College (Macon, GA)
- University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
Largest Schools in Georgia
Often the larger the student population, the more access you will have to research funds and resources. Here are the largest post-secondary schools with graduate programs in Georgia, by total student population according the 2015 NCES statistics.
- University of Georgia (36,130 enrolled students)
- Kennesaw State University (33,252 enrolled students)
- Georgia State University (32,058 enrolled students)
- Georgia Southern University (20,459 enrolled students)
- University of North Georgia (17,289 enrolled students)
Lowest Graduate Tuition
Grad students often face a steeper tuition bill than those seeking undergraduate education, which can make financial aid awards offered through schools or government agencies a necessity. Financial aid doesn't always cover education costs, however, so finding a reasonably priced institution is essential for many. Of those compared, the universities below had the lowest in-state graduate tuition during the 2014-2015 school year.
- Georgia Southwestern State University ($3,330)
- Albany State University ($3,402)
- Savannah State University ($3,528)
- Armstrong State University ($3,798)
- University of West Georgia ($3,996)
Highest Graduation Rate
While undergraduate-graduation rates are not directly related to graduate-graduation rates, these figures offer a clue as to the level of educational quality provided by colleges and universities. According to the NCES, the schools that follow have the highest undergraduate-graduation rates of those profiled. The stats were determined from data on full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in undergraduate programs in the fall of 2009 and completed them within 150% of normal time.
- Emory University (89% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- University of Georgia (85% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- Berry College (64% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- Mercer University (61% undergraduate-graduation rate)
- Georgia College and State University (60% undergraduate-graduation rate)
There are so many factors that you need to consider when choosing a school to earn your graduate degree from. Here we only highlight the school's location, student population, tuition cost and undergraduate graduation rate.