Graduate SchoolR. W. Trewyn, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research
James A. Guikema, Associate Dean (Interim)
Sandra Tucker-Holmes, Assistant Dean (Interim)
K. Bobette McGaughey, Assistant to the Dean
103 Fairchild Hall
While graduate study has major components of study in specialized course work at the advanced level, graduate students must also develop a capacity for independent research and scholarly activity to enable them to carry out original research under the direction of faculty members who are experts in the discipline. Independent research normally results in the preparation and publication of the research study as a thesis or dissertation, and the student must satisfactorily defend that research before a faculty committee appointed by the dean of the Graduate School.
In several professional disciplines, the master's degree curriculum is more typically structured in course work to place stronger emphasis on preparation for professional practice. While these professional programs also incorporate research methodologies in their graduate curriculum, the formal requirement of a thesis requiring independent research may be waived, generally replaced by a capstone document.
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies should consult the Graduate Catalog for descriptions of graduate programs and financial assistance opportunities.
All students admitted to the Graduate School are required to adhere to the university policies established by the graduate faculty through the Graduate Council, including those published in the Graduate Handbook. They are advised to familiarize themselves with these policies as early in their graduate careers as possible. Students are also advised that departments or interdepartmental graduate programs may have additional policies particular to those programs above and beyond these university policies.
Graduate studies by seniors and undergraduate special students
Enrollment in courses in the 800 level and above is normally restricted to students admitted to the Graduate School. In exceptional circumstances, highly qualified students may enroll in courses numbered 800 and above after obtaining permission from the instructor of the course, the head of the department offering the course, and the dean of the Graduate School.
Those wishing to take more than 9 semester hours may apply for admission to, and be accepted by, the Graduate School following the award of a bachelor's degree. Courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be changed to graduate credit.
A student enrolled as an undergraduate special student may not take courses for graduate credit.