The Graduate School

Sanjiv Sarin, Dean
A. Ayanna Boyd-Williams, Assistant Dean
Dean Campbell, Assistant Dean

Graduate education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was authorized by the North Carolina State Legislature in 1939. The authorization provided for training in agriculture, technology, applied sciences, and other approved areas of study. An extension of the graduate program approved by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1957 provided for enlargement of the curriculum to include teacher education, as well as such other programs of a professional or occupational nature as might be approved by the North Carolina Board of Higher Education.

On July 1, 1967, the Legislature of North Carolina approved regional university status for the institution and renamed it North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The University awarded its first master’s degree in 1941 to Woodland Ellroy Hall.
The Graduate School has an integrated and intercultural faculty and student body and beckons students from all over the world. It coordinates and administers advanced course offerings in departments within the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the College of Engineering, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and the School of Technology. Curricula leading to the Master of Science, the Master of Arts, the Master of Education, Master of School Administration, Master of Social Work, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree are offered in a variety of disciplines.

The Graduate School provides a foundation of knowledge and techniques for those who wish to enhance their career options or to continue their education in doctoral programs. While studying at this university, it is expected that graduate students will (i) acquire special competence in their chosen fields; (2) further develop their ability to think independently and constructively; (3) develop and demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, evaluate, create, and report facts that will enable them to make a scholarly contribution to knowledge about their discipline; and (4) apply new and existing knowledge so as to contribute to their professions and to humankind.

Degree and Certificate Programs Offered