Vanderbilt University Graduate School
Together we excel
The academic programs of the Graduate School are nationally recognized. Academic excellence at Vanderbilt is driven by our excellent research facilities, outstanding faculty and support of a diverse student body.
Vanderbilt offers over 54 graduate and certificate programs in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, basic sciences, nursing, education, and religion.
Why choose Vanderbilt?
One of the many reasons is the holistic approach to student support. Fulfilled students have resources necessary to help them overcome obstacles and thrive in Graduate School. From stress management to mental health counseling, to developing new skills beyond the scope of their studies, Vanderbilt and the Graduate School work to offer opportunities for students to find any support they may need.
The Graduate School provides services to help students with both personal and career development, such as...
The Graduate and Postdoc Academic Success (GPAS) Program, which assists Graduate School students in their academic and professional development during their time at Vanderbilt. This team supports students by individual coaching and group programming around effective time and stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, navigating academic relationships, and juggling work/life responsibilities.
And The Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) which provides students with the skills, learning tools, and self-awareness that allows them to define their own unique leadership style, determine how they interact with others, and learn other practical and technical skills needed to develop business acumen to be used in the academy, industry, or government work. The GLI website provides information on helpful programming and funding opportunities for graduate students to better prepare for the world beyond graduate school.
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“I liked that Vanderbilt was an academically strong school where students support one another in collectively striving to succeed, instead of competing to beat one another. When compared to other prestigious schools, Vanderbilt had warmth."
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