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UGA Tifton helps students get bachelor's, master's degrees at the same time

Posted at 4:14 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 13:26:08-05

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB)- A new program through the University of Georgia will help graduates make thousands more when they first enter the workforce.

Through the Double Dawgs Program, students can get both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the same time.

"UGA Tifton has been known for several years for recruiting top students in the area," said UGA Tifton Admissions Counselor Katie Murray.

And Murray believes the Double Dawgs Program, in its first year, will only boost that reputation.

"They really have nothing to lose by doing the program and everything to gain," said Murray.

New this year at UGA Tifton, students can choose from two majors to get both a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree within just five years.

"They're able to enter the job market sooner, with an advanced degree," said Murray.

Basically, the 12 hours they take their senior year, will count for both their undergraduate and graduate degree.

That means they don't have to pay for those 12 hours when they start graduate school.

Murray says that could save around $5,000 plus it'll boost their starting salaries.

"Having a master's degree in some professions gives them an $8-10,000 bonus when they enter the job market," said UGA Tifton Director of Academic Programs Dr. George Vellidis.

But it's not just about the money. Murray says the students getting these two degrees will give these communities being served a great advantage.

"Students are going to take that knowledge and experience and skills with them and only serve to further improve the South Georgia area in terms of agriculture," said Murray.

Right now, Murray says five students are enrolled in the program.