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Office of the Graduate School

Location: Carter Hall 2007
Telephone: 970.351.2831
Assistant Vice President for Research and Extended Studies and Dean of the Graduate School: Robbyn R. Wacker, Ph.D.

Introduction

The first graduate degree, a master's degree, was offered by UNC in 1913. In 1929 the Doctor of Education was added, in 1934 the Doctor of Philosophy, in 1954 the Educational Specialist, in 1975 the Doctor of Arts, and in 1984 the Doctor of Psychology was added. The Doctor of Audiology, was added in 2003, and the Doctor of Nursing Education was added in 2004.

Graduate study at UNC involves the graduate student studying under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty. Thus, graduate credit is awarded for courses of study taught by duly appointed members of the graduate faculty who meet the criteria established by the faculty constitution and the bylaws of the graduate faculty. The exchange of information, ideas, and values that takes place between the graduate faculty and highly qualified students is the essence of graduate education.

Students seeking graduate credit must display evidence of superior academic aptitude, achievement, and motivation. Moreover, the demonstration of competence in the discipline as evidenced by written and oral exams, theses, research projects, directed studies, and internships is an integral part of the graduate education experience. Through cooperative efforts of the graduate faculty, the Graduate Council, and the Graduate School, the university seeks to establish an environment in which the graduate student and the graduate faculty can achieve the traditional goals of graduate education.

Rules and regulations contained herein are intended to help the graduate faculty and the graduate student to accomplish the intent and purposes of graduate education.

Graduate Council. The Graduate Council is a representative faculty council established to represent the graduate faculty. It is the responsibility of the council to recommend policies governing graduate programs and requirements at the university. It sets minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School at UNC. The council is comprised of representatives from the graduate faculty elected to serve three-year terms.

Graduate Faculty. Graduate faculty are appointed by the University President after being recommended by the academic unit, the academic dean, the Graduate Council, and the Graduate Dean.

At the time of appointment, graduate faculty are authorized to teach graduate courses, act as program advisors for graduate students, serve on doctoral committees, and serve on other university committees pertaining to graduate education at UNC. Graduate credit can be granted for courses taught by a faculty member who has been appointed to the graduate faculty or to the graduate lecturer faculty. No graduate credit can be granted for any course taught by a faculty member who is pursuing an advanced degree at this institution. Graduate faculty members are noted in the listing of UNC faculty in this publication.

In addition to the activities established for graduate faculty, members may receive a doctoral research endorsement. Only faculty who have the doctoral research endorsement may serve as research advisors on doctoral student committees.

Upon approval by the school, the academic dean, and the Assistant Vice President for Research and Extended Studies and Dean of the Graduate School may appoint selected individuals as graduate lecturer faculty for a two-year period. These faculty may teach specific courses that are approved and/or perform other designated graduate responsibilities.


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