About the Office of Graduate Studies

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to provide resources, services and leadership that support and guide the graduate academic programs across the university.

Grad students in class

The Office of Graduate Studies supports the 3,000 graduate students enrolled in more than 80 degree and certificate programs across the university. We serve as the center of leadership for graduate education by providing high quality support services for graduate students, faculty, and administrators in order to advance academic excellence, embrace inclusion and diversity, and further TU goals in graduate education. Financial support for graduate students is managed through the Graduate Assistantship Office within Graduate Studies. Additionally, we maintain a standardized process for appointing graduate faculty in accordance with University System of Maryland Policy for institutions that offer doctoral programs.

Towson University offers more than 80 graduate degrees.

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Vision for Graduate Programs

To be a powerful advocate for advancing graduate programs that prepare ethical and globally minded professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be leaders in their field and to make significant contributions in their chosen disciplines.

Guiding Principles

Advance a culture of academic excellence that supports graduate programs in their initiatives to:

  • Develop graduate students’ ability to think critically about and generate creative solutions to problems specific to their fields of study
  • Develop graduate students’ capacity to engage in an ongoing process of self-guided learning and discovery in their chosen fields
  • Promote innovative and transformative education practices that foster:
    • A passion for lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional development
    • The generation and application of new knowledge and scholarly innovations
    • Interdisciplinary learning and value added collaboration within diverse and multicultural communities
    • Professional responsibility for advocating for the needs of local, regional, and global societies