University of Vermont

Graduate College

Welcome from Dean Forehand

Cindy Forehand, Dean of the Graduate College

The University of Vermont is one of the nation's premier small research universities — a major research enterprise on a human scale. As graduate students here at UVM you participate as junior colleagues in close collaboration with our distinguished world-class faculty in the creation of new knowledge and new expression.

These new creations may take many forms — a novel drug to fight cancer, a sculpture that inspires public thought and reflection, software to better predict weather patterns, smarter infrastructure that is more resilient and sustainable, a better understanding of the American gothic novel, economic models that include all things that are truly important to us, not just items that are traded in our economy. And our Graduate College alumni continue this exciting and productive experience, going on to very successful careers of their own.

I invite you to explore our website to see for yourself the exciting opportunities here at UVM or you may contact me directly to discuss your future plans.

UVM campus in autumn About the Graduate College

The Graduate College at the University of Vermont was formally established in 1952, though the first graduate degree had been awarded in 1807. Today, UVM offers over 50 academic programs leading to a master's degree and over 20 programs leading to the doctorate. All graduate degrees are awarded by the Graduate College with the exception of the M.D. degree, which is awarded by the College of Medicine.

The Graduate College includes programs and degrees in the natural, physical and biological sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and professional training. One of the notable features of a UVM graduate education is that many of our programs are interdisciplinary, cutting across several departments and areas of study. These interdisciplinary programs capitalize on the exceptional strengths of UVM faculty, especially in the biological and biomedical sciences as well as in environmental and ecological programs.

Students apply for admission to UVM through the Graduate College, and once accepted, work with advisors in their chosen fields/programs. Currently, there are about 1500 graduate students enrolled in UVM, with about 500 of these enrolled in doctoral programs across the University.

For more information, including enrollment data, graduate degrees awarded, and test scores, see the Annual Report 2012.