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About the Graduate College

Dean Deba DuttaWith over graduate programs in more than 100 disciplinary areas, the Graduate College at the University of Illinois fosters a vibrant campus community of scholars. Graduate students and faculty at Illinois enjoy an intellectual environment that reaches across the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Engineering to create, challenge and transform knowledge. This is evident in the number of interdisciplinary programs and institutes on our campus, such as Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, the Center for Advance BioEngergy Research (CABER), the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, to mention only a few. Our students, faculty and alumni carry on our long tradition of groundbreaking accomplishments, new discoveries, and achievements that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.

On campus, the Graduate College works closely with individual graduate students, faculty and staff to address a wide range of issues basic to graduate education and to promote the highest-level scholarship. However, we also work closely with other institutions and organizations, such as the Council of Graduate Schools, drawing upon our rich experience to shape the agenda and provide leadership on graduate education both nationally and internationally.

If you are considering graduate study at Illinois, you will find here a large array of outstanding graduate and professional programs. Top-notch faculty, superb libraries and research laboratories, and a robust research-funding environment enrich graduate education across a wide spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplinary study. For information about our graduate programs, about how to apply to them, and about financial aid available to students enrolled in them, please consult the Programs of Study.


Debasish (Deba) Dutta
Associate Provost and Dean, Graduate College
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering