Best Grad Schools in Georgia 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Georgia offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in Georgia 2022

Colleges and Universities in Georgia

Georgia has 70 colleges and universities, 38 of which are public institutions, and 36 of Georgia’s top colleges offer online degree programs. The University of Georgia, located in the city of Athens, is the largest, with over 35,000 students. Those attending Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University will enter into a friendly athletics rivalry. Tuition at Georgia State costs $9,000, and at Georgia Southern, $6,000. Of the 20 religiously affiliated schools, Emory University has both the highest tuition, just over $50,000, and student population, with over 13,000 in attendance. Whether you’re looking to earn your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, Georgia schools offer plenty of options.

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Students can earn degrees in religious studies, business, social work, law, and computer science. Those looking to attend technical colleges can also choose from a handful of schools that offer two-year degrees in medicine, nursing, and education. Part of the University System of Georgia, Atlanta Metropolitan State college is the state’s most affordable college at $3,000, and its students can major in fields like mathematics, criminal justice, and philosophy.

The Blue Ridge Mountains, oak and hickory forests, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain all make their home in Georgia, but the state’s most notable landform is the Okefenokee Swamp, the largest such water-mass in North America. This diverse landscape in The Peach State provides Georgia’s college and graduate students with a beautiful backdrop for an education.

Georgia also offers a loan repayment program for qualifying graduates in the medical field through the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce. Check out the best degree programs and top career paths this southern state has to offer.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 12 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Georgia. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Georgia is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Georgia 2022

  1. #4

    Georgia State University

    Atlanta , GA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/23

    What is Georgia State University known for?

    Georgia State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Economics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • History
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  2. #5

    Mercer University

    Macon , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    What is Mercer University known for?

    Mercer University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Nursing
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #6

    Georgia Southern University

    Statesboro , GA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/22

    What is Georgia Southern University known for?

    Georgia Southern University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #7

    Clark Atlanta University

    Atlanta , GA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/18

    What is Clark Atlanta University known for?

    Clark Atlanta University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #8

    Valdosta State University

    Valdosta , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    What is Valdosta State University known for?

    Valdosta State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #9

    University of West Georgia

    Carrollton , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/20

    What is University of West Georgia known for?

    University of West Georgia’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Anthropology
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  7. #10

    Columbus State University

    Columbus , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    980/20

    What is Columbus State University known for?

    Columbus State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  8. #11

    Georgia College & State University

    Milledgeville , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    What is Georgia College & State University known for?

    Georgia College & State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #12

    Piedmont University

    Demorest , GA

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    What is Piedmont University known for?

    Piedmont University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Business
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Emory University
  2. Georgia Tech
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Georgia State University
  5. Mercer University
  6. Georgia Southern University
  7. University of West Georgia
  8. Piedmont University