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Dr. Jolynn S. Kuhlman, Interim Dean
School Office: Tirey Hall, room 183
Since the initiation of the first graduate program in 1927, Indiana State University has been vitally interested and involved in the concerns and challenges of graduate education. In 1927, the primary objective of the graduate program was to prepare students for administrative licenses in education. Thus programs were designed and implemented to meet the needs of elementary and secondary school teachers, including the master of arts and master of science degrees in education in selected areas of professional education.
As societal expectations, needs, and requirements changed, the institution’s graduate degree programs reflected those changes. Master of arts and master of science degree programs in various disciplines of the arts and sciences soon were offered. Professional degrees were added to keep pace with advances in the academic disciplines. These included master of business administration, master of fine arts, master of public administration, and master of education.
In 1947, a sixth year curriculum was established for those students working toward the school superintendent’s certificate. A cooperative program with the School of Education, Indiana University, leading to the doctor of education degree was approved in 1948. In 1958, a program leading to the educational specialist degree was added.
Doctoral degree programs in elementary education and guidance and psychological services leading to the doctor of philosophy degree were initiated in September 1965. Other doctoral degree programs in education (curriculum and instruction and educational administration) were added in 1968. Branching out beyond the field of education, the doctor of philosophy degree in life sciences was initiated in 1967. The doctoral program in geography was added in 1968. The doctor of psychology degree was implemented in 1981 and the doctor of philosophy in technology management was approved in March 1998.
As the administrative unit responsible for dealing with all aspects of graduate study, the School of Graduate Studies functions under a philosophy that graduate education and research for the advancement of knowledge set a university apart from all other institutions. Its primary responsibilities are the maintenance and enhancement of quality in graduate programs. These responsibilities are administered by the Dean and Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Policies and regulations which govern graduate work are made by the Graduate Council with the delegated assistance of its committees.
The School of Graduate Studies publishes the Graduate Catalog. The prospective graduate student is referred to this publication for specific information concerning the advisement of graduate students, graduate assistantships and fellowships, graduate admission policies and procedures, registration, and graduate degrees and curricula. The Graduate Catalog can be viewed on the Web at http://www.indstate.edu/academic/catalogs.htm