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 invigorating and vibrant experience.

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.

UMBC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (High Research Activity). In 2010, UMBC was named the #1 up-and-coming national university for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. Although UMBC is a rising star, it remains a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

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

Dean Rutledge (second from left) and Assistant Dean Tull (right) pose with Dr. Marcella Wilson (left) and Dr. LaTese Briggs (second from right), both of whom received their doctoral degrees in May 2008.

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