The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies supports the academic and professional development of graduate students by offering a challenging intellectual environment that promotes shared learning and discovery. A supportive graduate faculty advances graduate students' curiosity, passion, and knowledge, engaging students as colleagues and guiding students to become active contributors to knowledge, creativity, and innovation in their disciplines.

Guiding Principle

The School of Graduate Studies accomplishes its mission by developing, fostering, and monitoring quality graduate degree and certificate programs; ensuring a highly qualified and engaged graduate faculty; and supporting graduate students through fellowships, tuition scholarships, assistantships, student awards, and research grants.


With an emphasis on graduate education as a fundamental part of the University's strategic priorities, the School of Graduate Studies aspires to be recognized for innovative and responsive graduate programs that provide relevant academic and professional experiences for its students, preparing them for rewarding careers in the increasingly diverse communities of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.


The School of Graduate Studies advocates the following educational goals for each graduate student:

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the discipline at a level of rigor commensurate with post-baccalaureate education.
  • Students will develop and apply skills in current research and/or professional practices to address complex issues in an increasingly diverse and global society.
  • Students will acquire an understanding of and commitment to professional ethical standards.
  • Students will communicate effectively in ways that are professionally appropriate.

In support of these educational goals and with the collaboration of the colleges, schools, and departments, the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies will advocate for graduate education and will:

  • Work to enhance graduate programs through:
    • ongoing assessment of degree and certificate programs in the context of the University's mission and current research and practice;
    • enforcement of admission standards appropriate to identify qualified students who have the ability to complete a program successfully;
    • validation of student progress and adherence to the curriculum;
    • review and appointment of the graduate faculty.
  • Work to secure and allocate efficiently an increasing amount of resources, including assistantships, fellowships, tuition scholarships, and research grants, consistent with the needs of graduate education.
  • Provide guidance and support for recruiting increasingly qualified and diverse applicant pools.
  • Facilitate graduate program development.

Our Code of Practice

  • Treat and support each other as we would like to be treated and supported
  • Respect the unique knowledge and expertise of our colleagues
  • Promote a positive and collaborative workplace through praise, gratitude, and by lending a helping hand
  • Understand the important service role we play and take ownership of the solutions we provide
  • Value the partnerships we develop through our intentional outreach, communication, and professionalism

Supporting Graduate Education

Your financial support is critical to shaping the experience for graduate students and faculty. Gifts to the Graduate School enhance the educational opportunities of students with scholarships, research materials, travel expenses and more. Learn how you can support our students.