Political Science AB/Educational Administration and Policy MEd(Law and Policy)(non-thesis)

The Double Dawgs program will give high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to hone their interest and expand their analytic and theoretical skills in preparation for law and policy-oriented careers in a broad range of education organizations, include local, state, and federal government, nongovernmental organizations, and private corporations.

The M.Ed curriculum builds on foundations of theory, method, and practice and addresses a range of contemporary education policy issues from an interdisciplinary lens. Students will gain practical understandings that prepare them for careers in education administration and policy. Previous graduates of our programs work as policy analysts, leaders in educational organizations (both governmental and nongovernmental), evaluators, advocates, and educators in roles where they are advancing critical and thoughtful policymaking in the field.

Students will also gain strong theoretical and methodological skills that prepare them for research-oriented careers and the flexibility to enter a Ph.D. or other advanced degree programs later.

Admission to Program

We expect that most students meeting the admission requirements below will apply for the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester of their third year at UGA. To be approved, a preliminary plan of study must be approved by the undergraduate advisor and the program graduate coordinator (listed on this form).

To be admitted into the dual degree pathway: Students must have completed at least 60 hours of resident credit at UGA, at least 9 hours of the 30 required political science credit hours completed or in progress, and have at least a 3.5 UGA GPA at the time of application.


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Any four (3 hour) 8000- or 9000-level graduate courses may be used to satisfy the undergraduate elective requirements, but at least two of the four courses must be from the following list of the EDAP core courses:
- EDAP 8210 Educational Policy Analysis
- EDAP 9020 Education Finance and Policy
- EDAP 8290 Politics of Education
- EDAP 9018 Schools & Social Policy

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

The M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy’s Law and Policy track consists of 36 total credits. The full program culminates in a capstone project.

Admission to Graduate Program

Students will apply to the M.Ed. program during the fall, spring, summer of their junior year so that they are admitted and dual-enrolled as both an A.B./M.Ed. student before the fall of their 4th year at UGA. Students will follow the same guidelines and procedures as required for the current M.Ed. students (https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/med-educational-administration-policy/).

To be admitted into the M.Ed. program: The admission application requires completing a Graduate School application that includes a resume and statement of purpose (conveying how this program is a good fit with career and educational goals, specifying that they are pursuing the Law and Policy Track, MED_EDAP). The application also requires students to submit their transcripts and Official GRE general test score report. (GRE requirements may be waived in a given academic year, and will be indicated as such on the website.) TOEFL scores will also be required from any applicant whose primary language is not English.

Program Advisor

  • Name: John Dayton
  • Email: jdayton@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2214
  • Address: Meigs Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Political Science A.B.
  • Department/College: Political Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Paul Welch
  • Email: pdwelch@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4114
  • Address: 202 Herty Drive, Room 103

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Educational Administration and Policy M.Ed.
  • Department/College: Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

Advising Contact

  • Name: John Dayton
  • Email: jdayton@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-2214
  • Address: Meigs Hall