Graduate Education at Rutgers University

School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University (2017)

The School of Graduate Studies provides personalized academic support for approximately 5,200 Rutgers students enrolled in more than 150 doctoral, master’s, and dual degree programs across New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark. Collaborating with international partner institutions—from Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, and Croatia to China, Indonesia, and South Korea—and with over 25,000 alumni spread across the world, ours is a global commitment to advanced, cutting-edge research and scholarship. Our school ensures rigorous academic standards, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between graduate faculty and students, and oversees innovative professional development initiatives that prepare graduate students to succeed in both academic and non-academic careers.

Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers University (1952-2017)

Graduate instruction at the university began in 1876 with courses at Rutgers College, which conferred its first doctor of philosophy degree in 1884. The college issued detailed regulations governing graduate degrees in 1912 and set up a separate graduate faculty in 1932. The Graduate School–New Brunswick (GSNB) was established in 1952. The expansion of graduate programs on the Newark and Camden campuses led to the formation of the Graduate School–Newark in 1974 and the Graduate School–Camden in 1981.

Eighteen units grant graduate degrees at the university. In addition to the three graduate schools mentioned above, there are schools offering graduate professional degrees in the arts, business, criminal justice, education, law, communication and information, management and labor relations, nursing, planning and public policy, applied and professional psychology, public administration, and social work. The Graduate School–New Brunswick has faculties in the academic arts and sciences, as well as several professional fields. Together with the Graduate School–Newark and the Graduate School–Camden, it is responsible for most philosophical degrees awarded by the university at the doctoral level. The school's enrollment of about 4,000 students is distributed among 70+ graduate programs, and its faculty comes from most of the university's academic divisions.

The traditional goal of undergraduate instruction is a liberal education in the arts and sciences, while the traditional goal of graduate instruction is an education that fosters creative research, criticism, and scholarship in a particular discipline. The two goals are complementary. Most members of the graduate faculty at the university teach both graduate and undergraduate courses and are as concerned with general education as with specialization. They know that a university is supposed to be an organization of men and women dedicated to bringing about advances in human knowledge. The measure of a university's success is the degree to which its faculty and students are able to enrich the life of human societies.

The school provides small classes and seminars in its degree programs, enabling students to work closely with faculty members to create programs flexible enough to meet mutual interests and that encourage independent study. Students and faculty members are engaged in common pursuits of understanding without imposing rigid requirements.

Graduate students who earn their degrees at the university leave with a rigorous grounding in their disciplines and possess markedly broader intellectual experience and agility than they had when they began their studies. They will go into careers in the professions, industry, business, museums, research institutions, or into college or university teaching or other work with enhanced leadership abilities. They will carry with them the potential to contribute value to their own lives and to the lives of others.

The Graduate School–New Brunswick has faculties in the academic arts and sciences, as well as several professional fields, and is responsible for all philosophical degrees on the New Brunswick Campus at the doctoral level. The school's graduate students are distributed among 61 doctoral programs and 74 master's programs. The faculty is drawn from virtually all the academic divisions of the New Brunswick campus.

The size of the graduate community is a result of the large number of programs; the actual enrollment of each is limited.

Enrollments and Degrees

  • Approximately 5,200 graduate students enrolled annually
  • Diverse student body—in 2016, Rutgers ranked #5 in doctorates awarded to women, #1 in doctorates earned by African Americans, and #10 in doctorates awarded to Hispanics among public AAU schools who participated in the AAU Data Exchange
  • Around 900 degrees awarded annually: 40% Ph.D., 60% master's
  • Approximately 25,000 alumni worldwide

Excellence in Graduate Faculty Research

  • 36 members of national academies, including National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Letters, or the Institute of Medicine
  • 45 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Excellence in Graduate Student Research

  • Students with nationally and internationally competitive fellowships—about 190 graduate student recipients annually
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Mental Health, American Association of University Women, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
  • National and regional dissertation prize recipients
  • Annual awards for excellence in graduate student research and teaching

Fellowship and Tuition Awards for Graduate Students

Innovations in Services for Graduate Students