University of West Georgia

Introduction

At the University of West Georgia, we're in the business of transforming lives and changing perspectives. From success in the classroom and chosen career fields to success on the athletic field and the total college experience, UWG has more than 1100 full-time faculty and staff members dedicated to helping you succeed.

More than 12,000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees enroll at UWG each year. Students enjoy a complete college life experience on the Carrollton campus, including residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics competitions and opportunities to get involved in more than 150 student organizations.

Named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and one of America’s Best Value Colleges, the University of West Georgia provides exceptional academic quality. Its 86 programs of study include 43 at the bachelor’s level, 29 at the master’s and specialist levels, four at the doctoral level and eight at the certificate level. Online courses are available for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking flexibility in time and location.

UWG is home to the state's first Honors College, complete with an honors curriculum. The university's Advanced Academy of Georgia is one of only about 12 U.S. programs that allow gifted high-school-age students to earn concurrent high school and college credit while living on campus in a full-time residential program.

UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; 404-679-4501), and numerous academic programs have earned accreditation from other prestigious agencies.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of West Georgia (UWG) is to enable students, faculty, and staff to realize their full potential through academic engagement, supportive services, professional development, and a caring, student-centered community. UWG is committed to academic excellence and to community engagement, offering high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and community programs on-campus, off-campus, and online.

UWG, a charter member of the University System of Georgia (USG), is a comprehensive, SACSCOC level VI, public university, based in West Georgia with multiple instructional sites and a strong virtual presence. UWG supports students in their efforts to complete degrees in relevant programs, valuing liberal arts and professional preparation. Through effective and innovative teaching, experiential learning, scholarship, research, creative endeavor, and public service, UWG equips graduates to engage with and discover knowledge. UWG is dedicated to building on existing strengths and developing distinctive academic, research, and co-curricular programs and services that respond to economic development and identified regional, state and global needs, thus empowering alumni to contribute responsibly and creatively to a complex 21st Century global society.

Vision

The University of West Georgia aspires to be the best comprehensive university in America – sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed!

Values

The institutional mission and daily operation of the University of West Georgia are guided by our values that support our vision to be the best place to work, learn, and succeed.

The value of achievement is evident in our commitment to the academic and social success of our students, staff, and faculty.

The value of caring is evident in our consistent concern and regard for our students, staff, and faculty as well as the larger communities where we live and whom we serve.

The value of collaboration is evident in our commitment to shared governance, teamwork, and a cooperative spirit that shape our interactions with students, staff, and faculty, and the communities we serve.

The value of inclusiveness is evident in our commitment to celebrating our diversity, our collaborative spirit, and creating a welcoming campus that is emotionally and physically safe for all.

The value of innovation is evident in our commitment to fostering a learning atmosphere in which new methods and ideas consistent with our vision and mission are respected and rewarded.

The value of integrity is evident in our commitment to rigorous ethical standards in our classrooms and offices, in our conduct toward each other, and in service to our communities.

The value of sustainability is evident in our obligation to maintaining ecological balance in our planning and operations that make possible for future generations the same or better quality of opportunities for success available to present employees and students.

The value of wisdom is evident in our commitment to teaching and learning that emphasizes knowledge for the purpose of positively transforming the lives of our employees and students, as well as improving the world in which we live.

History of UWG

From its humble beginnings as an agricultural and mechanical school in 1906 to a leading university, the University of West Georgia’s history is rich with knowledge and growth.

The Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School in Carrollton opened its doors in response to a call for “more realistic educational programs for rural youth” aged 13 to 21. The site of the former Bonner Plantation was chosen as a location and 110 pupils enrolled in 1908.

As society changed, so did the educational priorities of Georgia and the nation. By 1933, seven of the A&M schools had abandoned their missions and a decision was made to abolish the remaining A&M schools. Despite the change, the Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School was chosen later that year to become West Georgia College, a two-year institution of higher learning.

The evolution continued when West Georgia became a four-year institution in 1957. At that time, 589 students were enrolled. By 1971, enrollment had increased to more than 6,000 students. In fall 1996, the college became a university, the State University of West Georgia. It became simply the University of West Georgia in 2005 and conferred its first Ph.D. in 2012.

The university’s physical environment has grown as well. Recent additions include a state-of-the-art nursing building, Center Pointe Suites, and the East Commons residence and dining complex. Ingram Library has been recently renovated and, in 2015, UWG Newnan will move to its new location in the historic Newnan Hospital building.

Today, UWG enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers more than 85 programs of study through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Richards College of Business, the College of Education and the School of Nursing. The Honors College continues to provide intensive study options for high-achieving students. The Advanced Academy of Georgia allows exceptional high school juniors and seniors to live and study on campus while completing their high school graduation requirements. UWG Newnan offers core classes, full bachelor’s degrees, and graduate study. Graduate study in business is available in Douglasville. Courses are also available for students near and far through UWG Online. The university grants degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.

The West Georgia Foundation, and programs such as the Annual Fund, benefit scholarships, faculty development, advanced technology and more. The strategic plan, developed in 2014, provides a structure and roadmap for reaching student success, academic success, partnership success, and operational success – and allows the university to measure its effectiveness in each critical area. The mission and values guide the institutional culture. UWG aspires to no less than becoming the best comprehensive university in the nation, sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.

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Master

Master of Professional Accounting

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA Carrollton

Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for anagement control, evaluation of business enterprises, governmental units, and not-for-profit institutions. Accounting provides the measures of economic activity for our society and for our individual lives. It is the language used to communicate financial information and measure business risk. [+]

Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for anagement control, evaluation of business enterprises, governmental units, and not-for-profit institutions. Accounting provides the measures of economic activity for our society and for our individual lives. It is the language used to communicate financial information and measure business risk. An effective accountant must understand tax laws, securities regulations and accounting and auditing standards. Additionally, an effective accountant must understand how to motivate employees, design efficient systems to achieve shareholders' goals, prevent manipulation of such plans, and how to communicate those plans to the firm and to outsiders. Futhermore, an accounting professional must be able to explain confusing data to those with less familiarity with financial complexities and determine the level of risk in business processes. Graduate professional education is not just training, skill development, or preparation to pass a licensing exam. It is far more than all of these combined. While focusing on the integration of technical expertise and ethical judgment, a graduate education in accounting must develop the student's analytical skills, which will be tested by difficult and often unanticipated economic arrangements. This education must also develop the written and oral skills proficient communication demands. Program Description The MPAcc program provides students with a high quality education which prepares them for careers in corporate accounting, public accounting and for entrance into doctoral programs in business and accounting. MPAcc students not only gain technical accounting proficiency, they also prepare to enter the fast-paced business world. Ethics and technology as well as oral and written skills are incorporated into every aspect of the curriculum. Completetion of the MPAcc program satisfies the requirements needed to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the state of Georgia. Combined with an undergradue degree, the MPAcc also satisfies the educational requirements of 150 total semester hours and 30 hours of upper-level courses needed to obtain certification. Courses completed during the program give students the confidence and technical knowledge needed to successfully complete the outside work experience requirements. Method of Delivery Required courses are 100% face-to-face. Three of the four electives are offered online. Accreditation AACSB Credit & Transfer Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30 Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6 Program-specific Admittance Guidelines Official Transcript GMAT Score: 450 or above Current Resume Learning Objectives LG1 Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing. LO1.1 Students will be able to conduct research relevant to accounting issues and problems. LO1.2 Students will be able to create effective written documents. LO1.3 Students will be able to prepare and deliver effective oral accounting presentations. LG2 Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment. LO2.1 Students will be able to identify the impact of international accounting standards on the accounting profession. LG3 Recognize the importance of ethical decision making. LO3.1 Students will be able to identify ethical theories and concepts and their importance. LO3.2 Students will be able to evaluate situations from various ethical frameworks. LG4 Understand the major forms of accounting and be able to apply these principles and practices in a professional responsible manner to accounting and business processes and systems. LO4.1 Students will be able to identify tax planning issues involving like-kind exchanges. LO4.2 Students will be able to differentiate between for-profit, non-profit, and governmental accounting and auditing rules and regulations. LO4.3 Students will have an understanding of strategic management accounting tools. LO4.4 Students will be able to recognize fraudulent financial reporting. LO4.5 Students will be able to develop entity relationship diagrams and understand modeling of business processess. LO4.6 Students will be able to identify standard setting policies and procedures and develop implications for the accounting profession. [-]

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Carrollton

The Master of Public Administration Program at University of West Georgia is a professional degree program that relates academic study to administrative practice. The curriculum is designed for those individuals who are either now in the public service or who are seeking a career in government or nonprofit agencies. [+]

The Master of Public Administration Program at University of West Georgia is a professional degree program that relates academic study to administrative practice. The curriculum is designed for those individuals who are either now in the public service or who are seeking a career in government or nonprofit agencies. Program Description The MPA program is designed: (1) to augment the skills and knowledge of those already in the public service; (2) to provide a professional graduate degree program to meet the growing need for many additional skilled, knowledgeable public administrators; (3) to encourage students to pursue careers in government by providing public administration education; and (4) to equip superior students for research and study at the doctoral level. Coursework The Elective Track (12 hours): With the approval of the program advisor, each student must select 12 hours beyond the core courses. The track courses can be taken from a variety of departments. Generally, electives should form a coherent whole. Examples of track emphases include planning, management, and particular areas of public policy. Students not working in the public sector will take a Public Administration Internship in lieu of one elective class. The Comprehensive Research Project (3 hours) is taken at the completion of the degree program. A research paper analyzing a policy or program in Public Administration will be completed by the student. Method of Delivery Courses are 100% face-to-face Accreditation NASPAA Credit & Transfer Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36 Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6 Program-specific Admittance Guidelines GRE total score of at least 800 GPA of at least 2.5. Learning Objectives Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of generalist management techniques and skills. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linkage between theory and practice. [-]

MSc

Master of Science with a Major in Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Carrollton

The mission of the M.S. Degree Program in the Department of Biology at the University of West Georgia is to provide graduate students the knowledge and training necessary to pursue advanced graduate education, professional studies, or employment. In pursuit of this mission, the Department of Biology offers a M.S. Degree Program via either a thesis and non-thesis track. [+]

The mission of the M.S. Degree Program in the Department of Biology at the University of West Georgia is to provide graduate students the knowledge and training necessary to pursue advanced graduate education, professional studies, or employment. In pursuit of this mission, the Department of Biology offers a M.S. Degree Program via either a thesis and non-thesis track. Program Description The Department of Biology at the University of West Georgia will provide opportunities for personal and professional development to students, faculty, staff, and the broader university community through excellence in teaching, research, and service. Teaching: The Department of Biology will implement and maintain a rigorous curriculum which facilitates an understanding of the major principles and concepts in the biological sciences, promotes critical-thinking and communication skills, and fosters a continuous interest in learning. Research: The Department of Biology will provide and maintain student-oriented research opportunities which will facilitate a comprehensive understanding of biology and the scientific process, enhance the quality of instruction, promote professional development, and further the state-of-knowledge in the biological sciences. Coursework A combination of 5000-level and 6000-level courses may be used to complete graduate degree requirements, but a substantial portion of the degree program should be at the 6000 level. A topic for thesis research should be identified before the end of the second semester of the degree program. The degree candidate should submit a brief thesis proposal to the advisory committee at this time and should schedule qualifying exams before the end of the third semester. The advising committee may approve up to two course substitutions from departments other than biology if such substitutions are appropriate to the research interests or career goals of the student. These are not all required courses. For Thesis, 7 3-hour BIOL courses must be taken at the 5000/6000 level. BIOL 6984, 6983, and 6999 are always required as well. For Non-Thesis, BIOL 6984 and 6995 are required on top of ten three hour 5000/6000 level courses. Method of Delivery Courses are 100% face-to-face. Accreditation SACS Credit & Transfer Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36 Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6 Program-specific Admittance Guidelines A student entering this program is normally expected to have an undergraduate degree in biology. Students without a degree in biology or students lacking certain background courses in biology and related sciences may be expected to complete undergraduate courses to compensate for deficiencies. All students must take the GRE general test. Graduate students must select an advising committee by the first pre-registration period following admission on any basis, or one will be selected for them by the Department Chair. Learning Objectives Students will communicate scientific information through the acquisition, organization, or presentation of scientific information in written or oral form. [-]

MA

Master of Arts with a Major in Psychology

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA Carrollton

Our courses move from the expression of such classically humanistic concerns as the centrality of human, subjective experience in psychology, a wholistic approach toward psychological life toward human growth and development and the extension of human potential all the way to its transpersonal and spiritual horizons, toward the meaning of genuine community and sociality, the coming to know and the acceptance of one's own authentic individuality, and the myriad ways through which growth, development, and self-actualization are shown, are limited, and are transformed. [+]

The University of West Georgia Psychology Department is unique in that our theoretical roots are in the humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology traditions. Our courses move from the expression of such classically humanistic concerns as the centrality of human, subjective experience in psychology, a holistic approach toward psychological life toward human growth and development and the extension of human potential all the way to its transpersonal and spiritual horizons, toward the meaning of genuine community and sociality, the coming to know and the acceptance of one's own authentic individuality, and the myriad ways through which growth, development, and self-actualization are shown, are limited, and are transformed. Program Description You will find courses in the nature and structure of consciousness, of perception, of psychological development throughout our life span, of the body in its lived and physical dimensions, of affective life and feeling, of dreaming, of loving, of human gender and sex roles including feminist psychology and women's spirituality, of our marital and family relationships, of sporting relationships, of our social and cultural relations, of spirituality, of transpersonal and paranormal experiences, of disaster and evil, the meanings and forms of psychological disorder, and of the nature and transformative power of psychotherapeutic relationships. Coursework There are two required gateway courses in the Master's Program. All students are required to take Foundations of Humanistic Psychology (PSYC 6000) and Human Growth and Potential (PSYC 6010). There are two options to complete requirements toward graduation. Under option I, students must complete a minimum of 33 hours of course work and an acceptable original thesis. Up to 9 hours of course work can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. Under option II, students must complete a total of 45 hours of course work. Up to 12 hours can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. However, you should check with the department Chair for course appropriateness. (There is no thesis option for students pursuing the emphasis in organizational development.) Method of Delivery Partially online Accreditation SACS Credit & Transfer Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 33/45 Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9 Learning Objectives Understand Personal Growth and Transformation as it relates to self and others Understand humanistic/transpersonal approaches to psychology and their application to sub-disciplines in psychology Understand and apply Human Science research methodologies Understand Humanistic Psychology's relationship to the helping professions [-]