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The Graduate School

Dr. Peter L. Goodwin, Acting Dean


The Graduate School at Temple University serves as the primary quality-control body for existing and proposed graduate programs. The School and its Dean encourage faculty and student research, and foster understanding between the scholarly and professional members of the University community and society at large.

The Graduate School Dean serves as chair of the Graduate Board, an elected group of graduate faculty which is charged with establishing and enforcing policy and standards for graduate education at Temple University. Proposed graduate programs are reviewed by the Graduate Board before being recommended to the Board of Trustees for establishment.

The Graduate School and Graduate Board together establish and maintain basic admission and degree requirements. The minimum grade point averages and standardized test scores required for admission to the Graduate School are set by the Graduate Board. The individual schools and colleges are empowered, on behalf of the Graduate School and the Graduate Dean, to admit students and to recommend candidates for graduation. The Graduate School monitors all graduate programs, including admissions procedures and student record maintenance, and formally awards all graduate degrees.

In the 16 schools and colleges at Temple that offer advanced degrees, there are more than 900 graduate faculty. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in more than 65 graduate departments. The majority of the University's graduate students are Pennsylvania residents, but many come to Temple from across the nation and around the world. Most of the University's graduate students have taken an undergraduate degree outside the immediate geographic area.

A Letter from the Dean

  Temple University is a major, urban, public, research university. We offer over 50 doctoral programs and 115 master's programs, in areas ranging from dance to molecular biology and genetics, from English literature to physical therapy. While most graduate programs are offered at the Main Campus in North Philadelphia, we also offer graduate programs at our five other campuses: the Health Sciences Campus, Temple University Ambler Campus, Fort Washington Campus, Tyler School of Art Campus, and the Center City Campus. We have over 6,000 matriculated graduate students and each semester almost 2,000 students register as non-matriculated graduate students.

 Many programs are available both during the day and in the evening, and are open to both full- and part-time students. There are, however, a number of programs, including most science doctoral programs, which require students to attend full time. At the master's level, we have an increasing diversity of programs designed for the working professional to obtain advanced training and certification in a range of disciplines. Many of these programs are offered after working hours at more than one location.

Graduate education is, by its very nature, with its relatively small classes and close student/faculty interaction, an expensive activity. But as a public institution, we have striven to make sure the tuition we charge students remains moderate. By any reasonable standard, given the outstanding quality of our faculty and the breadth and depth of our offerings, we are a very "good buy" in graduate education.

 By long tradition, most academic programs have required students to take courses almost exclusively in their home department. However, in this rapidly changing global society, disciplinary boundaries are no longer seen as walls intended to contain both scholars and students. The careers students pursue after graduation often require skills and knowledge drawn from more than one traditional discipline. One of the major benefits of pursuing graduate work at Temple is the richness and breadth of its graduate offerings. I encourage you, whatever your area of primary interest, to investigate the offerings of related programs and to take advantage of the richness of these offerings.

Peter Goodwin, Acting Dean, July 1998