The Graduate School Mission Statement

The Graduate School provides leadership and direction for the University's graduate programs. It strives to create a learning environment that will ensure the highest quality graduate programs in keeping with the University's overall mission of teaching, research, and public service. Working with the faculty, The Graduate School is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students of all racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, and to meet the needs of the State of New Jersey and the region.

In concert with the Graduate Council, The Graduate School:

  • continuously reviews the University's graduate programs and policies
  • establishes and maintains appropriate admission and academic standards
  • encourages student inquiry and critical thinking
  • provides enhanced levels of professional competence
  • fosters research and scholarly activity
  • supports interdisciplinary endeavors

A combination of theoretical and applied studies in each academic program is intended to prepare the successful graduate for advancement in the workplace, future educational opportunities, informed participation in today's increasingly more complicated society, and other leadership roles.

Research has shown that students with a graduate education are better prepared to face the global challenges of rapid increases in knowledge and information. While undergraduate education is generally designed to provide students with a broad-based education with some concentration in a specific discipline, graduate education allows in-depth specialization in either an academic or a professional discipline.

Education at the graduate level:

  • Allows for concentrated study in a specialized area, which gives uniqueness to one's skills.
  • Is viewed as distinguishing criteria for separating job seekers in the applicant pool.
  • Adds breadth and depth to one's academic background, which provides the expertise needed for increased levels of responsibility.
  • Provides research and writing experiences vital for launching one's career onto the "fast track."