Five Years to Double Degrees

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All of the college’s Double Dawgs Program pathways are listed at the bottom of the article.

 

UGA's Double Dawgs Program Enables Students to Earn Bachelor's, Master's Degrees and Save Time, Tuition Costs

In an effort to provide students with lower tuition costs and a competitive edge after graduation, the University of Georgia debuted the Double Dawgs Program this fall.

The program enables students to receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years or less.

More than 100 pathways from 14 colleges and schools within the university are offered through the program. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is offering 16 pathways.

Students apply to the Double Dawgs Program in their junior year, take graduate courses during their senior year, then enroll in one more year of graduate coursework. They leave the university with their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Currently, only select students, many of whom are in the university’s Honors Program, take graduate courses in their senior year.

“(The Double Dawgs Program) is open to CAES students with strong academic records,” said CAES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Josef Broder. “This program will allow our top CAES students the opportunity to take graduate courses in their senior year and complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.”

Beyond the advanced education gained, completing a master’s degree in five years saves a year’s worth of tuition costs — at least $12,000 — and a year of time. Through the Double Dawgs Program, the HOPE Scholarship could cover the cost of students’ first year of graduate school. Potentially, assistantships could pay for the second year of graduate school, also considered the fifth year of the Double Dawgs Program.

“For those of us in the millennial generation, it can be difficult to find a job,” said Mary Kate Bagwell, who is currently one of five students in her agribusiness cohort pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. She’s a fifth-year senior and second-year graduate student. “The ability to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, to have that extra skill set and added degree, better prepare me for the job market.”

Students may apply for entry into Double Dawgs pathways as undergraduates, then apply for admission to the graduation portion of their pathway, according to Broder. Students must meet the admission requirements of their respective graduate programs, but begin their graduate courses earlier.

Students admitted to the Double Dawgs Program follow a program of study approved by a departmental advisory committee. Many of these students are already doing research as undergraduates and simply expand that research into their graduate program.

“It all goes back to work ethic and time management,” Bagwell said. “If anyone has the opportunity to do it, I really think it’s something everyone should take advantage of … The fact that UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is stepping up their game like this makes the college stand out.”

CAES Double Dawgs Pathways for Fall 2017

The college’s Double Dawgs Program offerings are unlike any other agricultural programs in the state. CAES will offer:

  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and applied economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and master’s degree in environmental economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and master’s degree in agribusiness
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness
  • Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and master’s degree in environmental economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and master’s degree in environmental economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management and master’s degree in agribusiness
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture
  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and master’s degree in poultry science
  • Bachelor’s degree in avian biology and master’s degree in poultry science
  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and master’s degree in agricultural and environmental education
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems — with an emphasis in plant breeding — and a master’s degree in plant breeding, genetics and genomics
  • Bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems and a master’s degree in plant protection and pest management through the college’s crop and soil sciences, entomology, and plant pathology departments
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in entomology