Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies Mission


The Graduate Studies Program is an integral part of the University. Its mission is to advance the research, creative and scholarly work in all disciplines and to foster the intellectual and personal development of post-baccalaureate students and enhance their ability to contribute to their professions and communities.


The Graduate Studies Program will be recognized for its academic excellence and for its contributions to the academic community, the University, the region, the nation, and the world. The post baccalaureate programs will develop new theoretical and empirical knowledge and design innovative methods and technologies to discover and disseminate that knowledge. Graduates of the programs will have the knowledge and skills to make contributions to their discipline and to meet the needs of the society. 


Each graduate program shall:

  • Promote the cultivation of scholarship and the expansion of knowledge, the development of professional skills and scholarly research at the post-baccalaureate level, and the interchange of ideas among students and faculty;
  • Develop educational programs on campus, off-site and through distance learning technologies that join theory and practice and instill in students the spirit of inquiry and responsiveness to regional, educational, and societal needs;
  • Create a student-centered environment accessible to individuals of diverse ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds that enhances a lifelong commitment to learning among its students, enabling them to lead professionally rewarding and socially beneficial lives in the 21st century.

Graduate Studies Office Mission

The Graduate Studies Office (GSO), provides leadership to graduate programs, overseeing the support and academic integrity of these programs. We are committed to advancing graduate students’ current and future academic success and providing services in a professional and courteous manner.