School of Graduate Studies

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About the School of Graduate Studies


  • Utah State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive university.
  • It is in the top 2.4% of higher education institutions in the country.
  • The School of Graduate Studies is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and the Western Association of Graduate Schools.
  • USU participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program's effort to provide graduate programs to students from certain states at resident tuition rates, click here to learn more.


  • USU offers 96 master's degrees, 38 doctoral degrees, 6 educational specialist degrees, and 1 civil engineer degree.
  • There are 19 graduate degrees available through USU's Regional Campuses and Distance Education system.


  • Approximately 3,000 post-baccalaureate students attend USU, and about 2,000 students are matriculated, or accepted and enrolled, in graduate degree programs.
  • Students enrolled in USU's graduate programs come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world.
  • International students comprise about 16% of the graduate students at USU.
  • Women make up about 46% of those seeking graduate degrees at USU.

Degree Requirements

  • A 3.0 GPA is required for all graduate degrees.
  • Although most are done much sooner, students have up to 6 years to complete a master's degree and up to 8 years to complete a doctorate.
  • For a master's degree, the minimum number of credits required ranges from 30-36; 24 of those credits must be from USU.
  • For a PhD or EdD, 60 semester credits is the minimum if you have a master's degree in a related field; 90 credits are required otherwise.
  • Doctoral students must meet an academic residency requirement which ensures that the doctoral student experience includes at least one period of concentrated attention to study, research, and interaction with faculty. For full details, review the policy in the General Catalog.
  • Up to 12 semester, graduate-level credits (credits should have grades of B or higher, should not be more than 8 years old, and should not have been used for another degree) may be transferred to a USU graduate degree from an accredited university if approved by the student's supervisory committee.

As a new student, the GradGuide can help you get acquainted with the university, its services and lingo, and the local community.