A Thriving Academic Community
NC State is committed to educating students for the 21st century.
NC State has given students the opportunity to earn advanced degrees for over 110 years. Graduate instruction was first offered at NC State in 1893, with the first master's degree conferred in 1894 and the first doctoral degree conferred in 1926. In the years since, the Graduate School has grown steadily and now supports advanced study and original research in the fields of agriculture and life sciences, design, education, engineering, natural resources, humanities and social sciences, management, physical and mathematical sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine. In addition, there are many exciting interdisciplinary programs
We are committed to transforming graduate education at NC State—to prepare our best and brightest students as true leaders ready to tackle the critical issues that challenge our state, nation, and world. The Graduate School of the future will prepare career-ready students with a true competitive edge through a new focus on professionally-oriented training designed for the real world.
Today, NC State offers over 160 master's degrees and more than 60 doctoral degrees and is nationally recognized as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We offer a full range of degree options—including graduate degrees, certificates and minors—in all traditional disciplines as well as in many areas where emerging disciplines interface, such as geonomics, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, natural resources, and geographic imaging science.
Our unique learning environment is diversified and international in scope. We emphasize original research, extension and engagement, real-world partnerships, and one-on-one mentoring. This hands-on approach has won us increasing popularity as a great place to pursue an advanced degree. In 2006 alone, we received over 10,000 online applications for spots in our graduate programs. Currently, we have nearly 3,500 full-time master's students and more than 2,600 Doctor of Philosophy candidates. Additionally, more than 300 students are pursuing degrees as Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and 900 advanced degree students are enrolled in various NC State lifelong learning programs. A quarter of our degree-seeking graduate students hail from outside the United States—increasing our ability to provide a global perspective in all areas of study.
Our graduate faculty includes more than 2,500 dedicated academics. They have been educated at major universities throughout the world and have established records in advanced teaching and research. To date, 17 of our graduate faculty have been inducted into the National Academy of Science or the National Academy of Engineering. Many more have won national teaching or research awards for excellence and recognition by their professional societies. All Graduate School faculty are committed to guided inquiry, mentorship, and the lifelong benefits of learning by doing.
NC State has exceptional learning facilities, including major research centers, specialized libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories, and unique on-campus, collaborative research communities such as the Centennial Campus and Centennial Biomedical Campus
Our facilities are further increased by our proximity to the Research Triangle Park, which has allowed us to pursue ground-breaking joint ventures with outside research partners. Cooperative agreements with the Graduate Schools of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Duke University enhance our educational and research resources and allow us to take advantage of their expertise and technology in complementing areas of study.
For more information on the Graduate School, please explore the links below:
- Review our priorities and initiatives by taking a look at the message from NC State Graduate School Interim Dean Rebeca Rufty.
- View the Graduate School's strategic plan and outcomes assessment plan, which describes its goals and the evidence we will use to track our progress in achieving the goals.
- Review our Graduate School calendars and our schedule of required documents for information on the academic year and important deadlines.
- Find a listing of all Graduate School staff, descriptions of their responsibilities, and contact information.
- Access a list of Graduate faculty online, including their areas of expertise and contact information.
- Learn more about our administrative strengths, including administrative and advisory boards made up of representatives from every NC State college as well as external stakeholders.
- Review our FAQ for more information on many Graduate School topics, or ask us any specific questions not yet covered.