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Double Dawgs Program

In 2017, UGA launched the "Double Dawgs" initiative, to provide students a chance to combine their 4-year undergraduate degree with 1 additional year of graduate study in order to complete both a Bachelors and Masters degree within just 5 years.

Double Dawgs Program

The Odum School of Ecology offers 2 Ecology-focused Double-Dawgs programs for our undergraduates.

  • BS Ecology/MS Ecology
  • AB Ecology/MS Conservation Ecology

The 2 programs allow Ecology undergrads to transition from their undergraduate degree directly into one of the two existing research-based Masters of Science programs within the Odum School.  While this opportunity has always been available to students in the UGA Honors program, the Double Dawgs programs make this opportunity available to all qualified undergraduates.

A generalized timeline for completion of an Ecology Double Dawgs program is as follows:

Double Dawgs Program

Read more about the graduate program degree requirements, and admissions procedures, and career opportunities on the Odum School's graduate programs pages, linked below:

MS Ecology

MS Conservation Ecology

The Odum School has also partnered with the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine to offer a third opportunity to Ecology undergraduates:

BS Ecology/MS Comparative Biomedical Sciences

This program maybe particularly well-suited to students who are interested in pre-vet or pre-health tracks, and who design their undergraduate coursework in Ecology to focus on host-parasite interactions and disease, or on physiological Ecology.  More information about the CBS graduate program can be found on the College of Veterinary Medicine Website, linked here.

Further reading for interested students:

Please note that both the MS Ecology and the MS Conservation Ecology are thesis-based programs that require students to complete a substantial independent research thesis.  In contrast to Masters programs that simply require additional coursework, completion of the MS Ecology or the MS Conservation Ecology will require that students start their thesis research during their undergraduate degree, no later than the Spring of their 3rd year of the undergraduate degree.

While the Odum School encourages all interested students to engage in research opportunities during their undergraduate programs [link to Ecol Research page, and to CURO page],  not all students will be advised to complete MS research in lieu of an undergraduate thesis, nor is it necessarily beneficial in all cases to complete a MS degree at the same institution as the Bachelors institution. Because of the nature of research-based graduate programs, interested students should work closely with their faculty research mentor and the undergraduate and graduate advisors to determine whether the Double Dawgs programs are the best fit for each individual student's academic and career goals.