Message from the Deans: GSNB/GSBS Merger

To the Members of Our Graduate School Communities:

Today, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved the merger of the Graduate School-New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As of July 1, 2017, these two schools will merge to become the new School of Graduate Studies, an administrative unit that will serve over 5,000 students enrolled in 63 doctoral and 75 master’s programs spread across New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.

This merger represents the culmination of a process that began in 2013 with the integration of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It offers us a unique opportunity to combine our staff and consolidate our resources, to build support for interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations, and to assist our students as they complete their graduate programs and prepare for professional careers.

More importantly, it allows us to better serve the members of our communities by addressing more directly the challenges facing graduate education in the 21st century. Amidst rapidly changing labor markets, there are fewer tenure-track job opportunities. However, the demand for highly-trained professionals with advanced degrees has never been greater, affording our students a broad range of career paths on which to embark following their training.

With the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, we will be as committed as ever to the rigorous graduate training that has made Rutgers one of this nation’s leading research universities. We will anticipate the future needs of our students in order to help them thrive in a global economy where success depends on their cultivation of wide-ranging skill sets, and we will take advantage of the broad and deep expertise of our graduate faculty to develop a more interdisciplinary approach to graduate education.

Providing administrative oversight for nearly 140 graduate programs, we will continue to partner with our faculty and staff in order to train Rutgers students to think critically, to write effectively, and to work independently. We will also look for ways to build new innovative programs that will better prepare our students as they transition from graduate classrooms and labs into increasingly competitive labor markets.

Like its predecessors, the School of Graduate Studies will exist to foster new ideas and create new knowledge. With our new, integrated school, we are determined to be at the forefront of graduate education, and we are excited to serve our students, faculty, and staff in this new capacity.


Jerome J. Kukor, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School - New Brunswick
Future Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Future Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

To learn more about the creation of the School of Graduate Studies, read the Rutgers Today news release.