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Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Graduate School at UMBC!

Dean Rutledge’s Biography

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

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 business, government agencies, research laboratories, and cultural institutions. This region of opportunity allows our faculty, many of whom are affiliated with ground-breaking research centers and institutes, to collaborate with our students to build foundations for professional and personal excellence that thrive long beyond graduation.

UMBC recognizes that a one-size-fits-all model of graduate education is not what today’s student needs to maximize his or her potential. To that end, UMBC offers full-time master’s and Ph.D. programs for traditional students and part-time programs, including some that lead to the 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 PROF-It (Professors-in training); Success Seminars that foster academic, personal, and professional development; and an in-house dissertation and thesis coach.

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

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Dr. Rutledge speaking with group of students
Dean Rutledge (center) engages with graduate students including Mr. Prajit Das (right) in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.


Dean and Associate Vice Provost standing with doctoral graduates
Dean Rutledge (second from left) and Associate Vice Provost Tull (right) pose with Dr. Marcella Wilson (left) and Dr. LaTese Briggs (second from right), both of whom are now alumnae.

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