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Graduate Studies, Faculty & Graduate Council

The Office of Graduate Studies

Beginning in 1962, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh introduced graduate study to northeastern Wisconsin. There are currently 13 master's degree programs and one doctoral program with a variety of degree emphases, elective areas or research areas. In addition there is a wide array of certificate programs.  Courses are regularly scheduled during late afternoon and evening hours enabling students to pursue most graduate degree programs while working full time.

The Office of Graduate Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to be an advocate for graduate education and research within and beyond the campus and to efficiently and effectively monitor and maintain high standards of graduate education. In addition to ensuring consistency in quality across all graduate programs, the Office of Graduate Studies provides centralized coordination and facilitates communication among graduate education stakeholders so that students and faculty can achieve increasingly higher levels of education, research and service.

The Graduate Faculty

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has an outstanding graduate faculty. The graduate faculty has responsibilities for graduate admissions decisions and recommendations, graduate student academic advisement, Graduate Council and/or departmental graduate committee activities, candidacy and comprehensive examinations, involvement with thesis, clinical paper or field project development and evaluation and assignment to graduate classroom instruction. To qualify, faculty must have an earned doctorate or the appropriate terminal degree in a professional field or discipline; in addition, they must have been recommended by the department and college and approved by the Provost.

The Graduate Council

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Council is a representative body that is responsible for the formulation of policies concerning graduate programs of the University. The Council serves as an advisory body to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost and is concerned with the implementation of graduate study policies. Specific functions and powers of the Council are to:

  1. Establish goals and directions for graduate education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh that are supportive of quality and consistency of standards.
  2. Advise the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost on matters related to planning and coordination of graduate education.
  3. Request that the Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost direct specific studies to be undertaken on matters of concern to the Council.
  4. Review existing graduate programs with recommendation for administrative action for continuance, modification or discontinuance.
  5. Review new or substantially revised graduate programs and recommend administrative action on them.
  6. Collaborate with representatives of other institutions in the development and conduct of inter-institutional agreements for program offerings.
  7. Serve as an appellate body for exceptions to Office of Graduate Studies policy.