School of Graduate Studies

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Mission and Goals


The School of Graduate Studies serves as the central administrative body that promotes, supports, and reviews graduate education at Utah State University to ensure consistency and excellence in all graduate degree programs.

To foster academic excellence and the highest possible professional and personal development of graduate students at Utah State University, the primary goals of every graduate education program at Utah State University are:

  • Graduate students will obtain focused and comprehensive knowledge in a specific field through classroom instruction, research, and other innovative educational experiences and venues.
  • Graduate students will be prepared to use original ideas and scholarly skills to contribute to the advancement of their field.
  • Graduate students will have excellent opportunities to develop and practice professional skills so that they can integrate and communicate effectively with the scholarly community in their discipline.
  • Graduate students will be prepared to assume future leadership roles in disseminating and applying knowledge to address local and global societal needs.

To accomplish these goals, the School of Graduate Studies works closely and cooperatively with the central administration, the Graduate Council, colleges, and academic departments to provide the best possible intellectual and physical environment for graduate student education. In this context, the university constantly seeks to improve the resources and processes necessary for doctoral-level discovery and learning. Among these are:

  • Improve and expand facilities, programs, and training opportunities
  • Attract diverse faculty of outstanding research and teaching reputation
  • Provide competitive and attractive research and personal financial support
  • Enhance efforts for the recruitment of outstanding graduate students
  • Enrich the graduate education experience by quality faculty mentoring and professional development programs
  • Strengthen graduate programs by routine and comprehensive graduate program review and assessment procedures