Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate School at UMBC!

I am pleased to introduce you to the exceptional faculty, cutting-edge research, and world-class students who make graduate education at UMBC an incredible experience. Our graduates are prepared to address the challenges of our state, nation, and world as leaders in their fields of study.

UMBC is located in one of the greatest concentrations of commercial, cultural, and scientific activity in the nation. Opportunities abound for our students to conduct research and collaborate with businesses, government agencies, research laboratories, and cultural institutions. Our faculty work together with our students to build foundations of professional and personal excellence to help them thrive long after graduation.

UMBC recognizes that a one-size-fits-all model of graduate education is not what today’s student needs to succeed. UMBC offers full-time master’s and Ph.D. programs for traditional students as well as part-time programs, including some that lead to a Ph.D., for working professionals. Our faculty and staff seek to create and sustain an environment where students receive the intellectual engagement, mentoring, and support necessary to achieve their goals.

The graduate community at UMBC is committed to your success. The Graduate School facilitates a number of activities that support our students, including The office of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Development (GSPD), and Dissertation House, an intensive writing workshop to help you complete your dissertation.

I invite you to join us and discover for yourself the power and potential of graduate education at UMBC.

Janet C. Rutledge, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School


Dean Rutledge’s Biography