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School of Graduate Studies

Preparing professionals dedicated to careers in the helping professions so that all individuals in our communities may reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives.

The School of Graduate Studies has a long history of offering master’s degrees and certificates in the areas of human services and the helping professions.  Our graduates are highly sought-after professionals known for their rigorous academic preparation, adherence to high ethical standards, strong work ethic, and compassionate care.  They serve a broad range of individuals with intellectual, emotional, psychological, and physical needs in a variety of settings, and find great satisfaction in knowing they are making a difference in the lives of those with whom they work and in the communities in which they live.  Our graduates are leaders who will shape the future with their dedication to helping each person reach his or her full potential, which is a beautiful manifestation of the University’s mission.

Ambitious programs of study are led by faculty who are experts and practitioners in their disciplines.  The faculty integrate theory, research, and practice to foster the development of a high level of competence, cultural sensitivity, and integrity in our students.  All programs of study include a practicum or internship to ensure the ability to apply theory to practice and to promote professional and personal growth in each student.  Preparation for licensure or certification is integral to our programs.  Personal attention from faculty allows each student to advance in his or her career with a sense of purpose true to his or her values and aspirations.

Kimberly Schandel Kimberly Schandel, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

An Ideal Place to Learn

Research opportunities in all programs
All programs include an internship or practicum
Apply theory and research to practice

Programs within School of Graduate Studies