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Mission statement

The mission of the Wayne State University Graduate School is to provide leadership in advancing graduate education and cultivate a supportive environment for research, scholarly activities and other creative endeavors that are integral to successful graduate students, faculty members and programs. It assures the quality and integrity of graduate programs and monitors the academic requirements for the Ph.D. degree, specific master’s degrees, and graduate certificates. The Graduate School also administers and regulates funds that support graduate studies and disseminates information related to graduate programs and policies. The university’s Carnegie designation within the classification of research universities with very high research activity is reflective of a deep commitment to excellence in graduate education, relevance in academic curriculum, and leadership in research and scholarship. Accordingly, the Graduate School is committed to the highest standards of academic performance and ethical behavior.


The Survey of Earned Doctorates shows how Wayne State's research doctorates compare with all U.S. doctorate institutions.