Degrees & Majors
Choose from dozens of nationally ranked and recognized programs and more than 250 majors, minors and pathways at the university offering the widest variety of fields of study in Georgia.
The Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for work in the analysis, development and evaluation of public policies. In all levels of government and on a global scale, public needs and limited resources require public policy choices that are economically efficient, socially and technically effective, and politically responsive. Such choices confront policymakers in a broad range of critical issues, including health, education, economic development, public finance, social policy, nonprofit policy and disaster policy. The Andrew Young School is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the principal professional organization for scholars and practitioners in the field of public policy. Our public policy and public affairs programs were recently ranked #19 among all programs nationwide, and among the top 10 for public finance and budgeting, urban policy, nonprofit management and local government management. Our Department of Public Management and Policy provides access to a community of research and teaching scholars with national and international reputations for their expertise and contributions to knowledge and practice across a broad range of administrative processes and policy concerns in the arena of public service. For answers to frequently asked questions about the MPP program (and its sibling MPA program), check here.
Societal needs—for economic growth, better health care, environmental protection, etc.—and resource limitations challenge policymakers to make difficult public policy choices. The doctoral program in public policy prepares its graduates to conduct original research to help scholars and policymakers understand the trade-offs involved in such choices across a broad range of critical issues. Students can focus on: Policy analysis and program evaluation: How can we predict the consequences of our policy choices? What values should drive those choices? How can we determine which government and nonprofit programs work – producing benefits that exceed their costs? Public budgeting and finance: How can governments raise the funds necessary to provide public services in as equitable a manner as possible without impeding economic growth? How should and do governments decide which services and programs to fund? How can taxes achieve socially desirable goals? Public and nonprofit management: How should functions be divided among the governmental, nonprofit and for-profit sectors? How should managers allocate financial and human resources to meet public needs? How should managers balance equity and efficiency claims? Urban and regional planning and development: How can we assess and evaluate the complex and dynamic context and forces that shape the growth of cities, communities and regions? What strategies can be employed to promote equitable and sustainable development? What roles do systems (for example, transportation, housing) play in creating the environments and communities we desire?
The joint doctoral program in public policy combines the strengths of Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. The Andrew Young School ranked 21st overall among graduate programs in public affairs in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, as well as No. 7 in local government management, No. 8 in public finance and budgeting, No. 8 in urban policy, No. 9 in nonprofit management, No. 19 in public management and leadership, and No. 22 in public policy analysis. Our faculty was the 5th most prolific in public administration journals over the past decade. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy No. 3 in information and technology management and No. 11 in environmental policy and management.
If you’re enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State, you’re eligible to study for a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research in Education. The program is for those interested in conducting research or gaining expertise in qualitative research. To earn the certificate, you must complete a minimum of seven 3-credit-hour doctoral-level qualitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.
If you're enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State, you're eligible to study for a graduate certificate in Quantitative Research in Education. The program is for those interested in conducting research or gaining expertise in quantitative research. To earn the certificate, you must complete a minimum of seven 3-credit-hour doctoral-level quantitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.
The Master of Science in Mathematical Risk Management is an Accredited University Risk Management Program of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA).
Our program focused on risk management allows graduates to often go on to work with the banking and financial services industry leaders such as Bank of America, Regions, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and more. Ours is the only program in the country that combines cutting-edge financial modeling with an actuarial curriculum.
We also offer two dual degrees that allow students to earn a Master of Science in Mathematical Risk Management in addition to either a Master of Science in Analytics or a Master of Actuarial Science.
For the latest information about required courses, view the Program website.
What Is Radiologic Technology? Radiologic Technology is the technical science related to the use of X-rays or radioactive substances for medical diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Why Study Radiologic Technology? Radiologic technologists work on the cutting edge of scientific progress. The field encompasses several disciplines from which to choose and, with increasing demand in health care settings around the country, radiologic technology offers the potential for job stability and a good salary. Radiologic technologists study X-rays or radioactive substances for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Perimeter College offers students the required general studies, then partners with two programs, DeKalb Medical Center (Emory Decatur Hospital) of Radiologic Technology and Grady Health Systems, to offer radiology specialty courses. After successful completion of the Radiologic Technology pathway and the passage of a national exam, students become registered radiologic technologists (radiographers). Radiologic technologists can specialize in more than one procedure. From performing sonograms for expectant mothers to furnishing X-rays of broken bones to providing radiation treatments, the job is a rewarding one whose contribution to patient care is significant. This pathway is an associate degree career program established in partnership with local hospitals. It should not be confused with the separate and different Perimeter College pathway, Health Sciences -- Radiologic Sciences Pathway, A.S., which constitutes the first two years of a four-year allied health degree that must be completed at a four-year university. Please be advised that international students in F-1 immigration status are not eligible for the Radiologic Technology Pathway, A.S. program, at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. The partnering institutions, Grady Health Systems School of Radiologic Technology and Emory DeKalb School of Radiologic Technology, are not authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enroll international students in F-1 status.
The Reading Endorsement qualifies an individual to be considered "in field" in reading at the level of the base certificate. Teachers pursuing the reading endorsement may be enrolled as non-degree students or may be enrolled in specific programs. We offer graduate courses in literacy, which apply to Georgia’s Reading Endorsement for classroom teachers. These courses focus on three areas (a) understanding readers and the reading process, (b) linking assessment and instruction and (c) using instructional strategies in specific content areas. Successful completion of the three courses and the portfolio qualifies a person for the bachelor’s, master’s or specialist endorsement, depending on the level of certification. *We also offer a Reading Endorsement Online course of nine semester hours. In our Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, courses in Reading Recovery and literacy are also offered. To learn details about this program, visit the Urban Literacy Clinic.
Reading Recovery is a short-term, early literacy intervention, designed to prevent failure for children who are at risk from failing to learn to read and write in the first grade. It is a scientifically-based, evidence-proven reading research program that teaches all the essential elements of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and motivation to read. Reading Recovery enables the lowest-achieving learners to make accelerated progress, catch up with grade-level peers and profit from regular classroom reading instruction.
The real estate major at Robinson College of Business offers a broad-based curriculum that provides a balance between theory and practice. Our programs emphasize the following major components of real estate: appraisal, corporate real estate, development, finance, investments, and market analysis. A degree in real estate will give graduates the foundation necessary to succeed in this exciting industry.
The Ph.D. in real estate program is designed to develop strong research skills and focused study on the function of real estate markets and institutions.
The program is aligned with doctoral programs in finance and economics — two disciplines that provide the theoretical foundation and methodological framework for our understanding of markets. Our graduates tend to secure faculty appointments at universities or research positions within industry and government.
For information on degree requirements, visit the program website.
Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that prepares students to navigate multicultural environments successfully, to lead teams effectively in collaborative settings and to interpret and marshal various types of information and data while advancing a large project. Graduates with religious studies degrees advance in a wide range of careers and hold positions at nonprofit, in healthcare, academia and other public and private settings. Studying religion puts you on the cutting edge of global politics, business, health care, education and the media. Course offerings in religious studies, all of which are taught from a non-sectarian perspective, include comparative courses on such topics as world religions, religious thought, religious ethics, mysticism, and women and religion, as well as a host of courses on specific religious traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto and Taoism.
Students can save time and tuition money by earning bachelor's and master's degrees in religious studies in as little as five years. Graduates of our interdisciplinary program develop the skills needed to work in today's diverse, multicultural workplaces. Our recent graduates have moved ahead by pursuing careers in education, non-profit management, law and business, as well as by returning to established careers with a better understanding of religion and culture. The program also prepares students who aim to pursue a Ph.D. or who want to go on to a professionally oriented graduate program in areas such as public health or law.
Studying world religions prepares you for economic success in professions where culturally diverse points of view are valued, and to succeed personally in an international city such as Atlanta or anywhere else in the world. The program introduces you to ideas, practices and values you’ve never encountered. Choose from two tracks and two career-oriented concentrations: Thesis Track: Students work with a thesis director and committee to research and write a thesis of publishable length. Final project: Thesis Coursework Intensive Track: Students take more classes to gain more depth in their field or breadth across Religious Studies. Final project: Research paper or project Concentration in Nonprofit Management: Students in this concentration earn the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Certificate in Nonprofit Management while they complete their M.A. in Religious Studies Management while they complete their M.A. in Religious Studies. Final project: Research paper or project that integrates work in Nonprofit Management, an internship and Religious Studies Concentration in Religion and Aging: Students in this concentration earn the Gerontology Institute's Graduate Certificate while they complete their M.A. in Religious Studies. Final project: Research paper or project that integrates work in Gerontology, an internship and Religious Studies
Respiratory therapy is a health care profession dedicated to the support and management of individuals with abnormalities or deficiencies of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist is an expert in therapeutic and diagnostic modalities associated with the pulmonary system, as well as the heart. He or she must have a working knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and physiology as well as respiratory therapy. This background affords the therapist the ability to become proficient in working with respiratory life support systems. Under the guidance and supervision of a physician, the therapist treats by employing academic knowledge and technical skill for direct patient care. For a dedicated man or woman who finds a service field rewarding, respiratory therapy offers a career opportunity as a vital member of the health care team that is both personally and financially rewarding.
Respiratory therapists work in cooperation with physicians to care for patients with a wide range of breathing disorders including asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and lung infections, cystic fibrosis and breathing difficulties due to premature birth. Respiratory therapists may work in a variety of settings from hospitals to home health care agencies and from outpatient centers and physicians' offices to sleep disorder clinics. The master of science degree with a concentration in respiratory care offers the opportunity for credentialed and experienced practitioners to obtain an advanced level of knowledge in the technical area of respiratory care. The program also is intended to provide the ability, knowledge and skills for continued scholarly inquiry within the discipline of respiratory care.
The Ph.D. program in risk management and insurance is designed to educate students in the concepts and analytical techniques required for cutting-edge research related to risk.
The program encompasses the study of the sources of risk, the effects of risk on the decisions of individuals and firms, the impact of these decisions on society, and the management of risk through financial institutions. Scholarly research at the frontier of risk management requires in-depth study of economics, finance, applied mathematics and statistics.
This training typically leads to academic careers at other major business schools and economics departments, or research positions in banks or insurance firms. In keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary nature of the department, the faculty publish risk-related research in top journals in economics, finance, applied mathematics, statistics and actuarial science.
For information on degree requirements, visit the program website.
The undergraduate program in risk management and insurance is an innovative course of study that strives to prepare qualified and motivated students for positions of leadership and responsibility in risk management, across a variety of financial services, including insurance. The field of risk management is challenging and changing constantly. Qualified students will find excellent opportunities for creative work, professional recognition, financial reward, and public service.