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Graduate School Handbook

The Graduate School administers doctoral programs in 38 areas, post-masters education specialist programs in 7 areas, and master’s level programs in 42 areas, with additional programs planned for the future. A particular strength of the school is its many programs that unite different disciplines by crossing departmental and school lines.

As a graduate student, you should expect many challenges as you build upon your previous educational experiences in new and exciting ways. You will find that graduate education has a distinctly different character from that of undergraduate education. You will explore your chosen area of study in greater depth, but you will also be challenged to reach across boundaries and address larger intellectual issues. There will be greater emphasis on originality and the creation of new knowledge.

Our graduates have used the knowledge and intellectual skills acquired in graduate school to follow a wide variety of professional paths in academia, government, and industry. We encourage you to take full advantage of the resources of this great university to reach your full potential. As you proceed through your graduate study, we hope that you find your horizons widening and that you will leave prepared for a rewarding professional life. This handbook is designed to provide you with a general reference to the essentials needed for successful navigation through your graduate career.