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Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland. Working with over 125 departments and programs across 12 schools and colleges, The Graduate School offers more than 230 degrees, including 81 doctoral programs and over 100 professional degrees. Our 11,000 students come from over 100 countries and every state in the union.

 Our graduate community is a diverse and vibrant population of students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, alumni, and staff. The hallmark of the graduate experience at Maryland is the opportunity to work with world-class faculty to solve today’s critical problems, advance our knowledge about humanity and its systems, and become future leaders who will translate new discoveries into everyday life. The Graduate School supports this enterprise through its steadfast commitment to academic excellence, cutting-edge research, and robust support for students and postdoctoral scholars. Our prime location near the political, financial, and research capital of the world provides incomparable opportunities; our membership in the Big Ten along with the Big Ten Academic Alliance provides access to libraries, courses, and faculty in 14 peer institutions; and our membership in the international consortium, Universitas 21, provides access to the global stage.

The staff of the Graduate School is dedicated to ensuring student success from initial contact through graduation and the transition to membership in the Maryland graduate alumni community. Our programs enhance the academic experience and provide professional and career development that prepares students and postdoctoral scholars to become leaders in their chosen careers. Explore our evolving website for all that we have to offer and for ways to get involved. It is a great privilege to serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School and to lead the graduate community through a time of reflection and planning for the future. Let us know how we can continue to support you during your graduate education and experience.

Jeffrey Franke
Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Contact Information

The Graduate School

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu