Vision: The Graduate School strives to foster an environment that produces outstanding graduate scholars who contribute new ideas and knowledge using creative and innovative approaches to solve challenges in an evolving world.

Mission: The Graduate School enriches the graduate student experience by providing excellent service, timely oversight, and relentless advocacy for student success.

Graduate School Staff

Visit our Meet the Staff page for a list of Graduate School staff.

MSU Strategic Plan Sets Goals for The Graduate School

The strategic plan aims to continue building programs which align with our Land-Grant Mission.

Goal 1.2 of the strategic plan seeks to Expand high-quality graduate education and aims to enroll and graduate more degree-seeking students at the graduate level and enhance the quality of graduate degree programs.

For current enrollment and degree awarded data, see the Graduate School Dashboard.

The Graduate School Facts

MSU awarded its first master’s degree in 1902 and its first doctoral degrees in 1956. The Graduate Division was created in 1948 and the name was changed to the Graduate School in 2010.

The University Graduate Council, a key component to The Graduate School, serves to advise the Dean on matters of policy. Its key activities are to make recommendations to the Dean about graduate programs and curricula and to promote all aspects of graduate education and the success of graduate students.

The Graduate School is a member of the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

Visit The Graduate School's Wikipedia Page to find out about the history, the current dean and more.