The Office of Graduate Studies serves graduate students and a graduate faculty whose primary goals are the advancement of scholarship, research, and creative activity. It is through the encouragement and support of these goals that the University contributes to the development of knowledge and the professional preparation of its graduate students.
Instruction through formal directed study, seminars, and independent research provides graduate students with ample opportunities to acquire advanced knowledge. Programs are designed to improve the student's professional and scholarly abilities.
The primary responsibilities of the Office of Graduate Studies are to maintain and enhance the quality of graduate programs and to facilitate research and creative activity. The Graduate Council, the legislative and administrative body for graduate programs of the University, sets policies and regulations governing graduate work. The Graduate Council conducts the business of the faculty having to do specifically with graduate education, including development, direction, and implementation of graduate programs.
The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Office of Graduate Studies is located on the first floor of the Robert D. Orr Center. Normal business hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.