Mission and Degree Programs


It is the mission of Graduate Studies at the University to prepare reflective professionals in the dimensions of scholarship, learning, and practice.
  • Reflective Scholarship - The graduate programs all involve learning and mastering the skills of reflective scholarship as the ability to understand and to reflect on the major theoretical and empirical data in a field of study.
  • Reflective Learning – The graduate programs instill the ability to act while reflecting on one’s own ideas, analyses, values, personal and organizational interests, and the interests of others.
  • Reflective Practice – The graduate programs impart the ability to apply skills and perspectives in life, to reflect on the appropriateness of practices and to practice self-efficacy in application, both reflection-on-action and reflection-in-action of professional activities.
The goal of Graduate Studies is to instill in the students an understanding of and capacity for scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty. It is the responsibility of faculty and students to work together in partnership to encourage freedom of inquiry demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and foster mutual respect.

Quality graduate education depends upon the professional and ethical conduct of all parties. Members of the graduate faculty and graduate students have mutual responsibilities in the maintenance of academics standards and the creation of a high quality graduate program. Graduate students are viewed as professionals, not solely as students whose only interest is degree completion. Graduate students have made a career choice and are viewed as members of a profession that has obligations to our human community.

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