Message from the Dean

Dean Rufty
Rebeca Rufty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am delighted to welcome you to the Graduate School's website at NC State University, one of America's top research universities. Graduate study has become increasingly important to professional development and career advancement. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL at NC State is ready for the challenge. With a focus on solving real-world issues through innovative research, NC State's graduate programs are committed to transforming graduate education—to prepare our best and brightest students as true leaders ready to tackle the critical issues that challenge our state, nation, and world. Our goal is to prepare career-ready students with a true competitive edge through a focus on professionally-oriented training designed for the real world. In scope and quality our graduate programs are superb. We offer master's and doctoral programs in a full range of traditional disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary programs that anticipate market trends and respond to national needs.

Science, engineering, and technology are our core strengths. We also offer strong programs in design, education, management, the humanities, and the social sciences. Our location in North Carolina's Research Triangle means the best of industry-government-university partnerships. Our decade-old Centennial Campus reflects the university model of the future, where young investigators collaborate with faculty mentors, private companies, and public agencies to solve real-world problems. The land-grant tradition at NC State finds new expression in links with all 100 North Carolina counties and in consortia with other institutions, both domestic and international.

NC State boasts a talented graduate student body of over 7,300 master's and doctoral students who reflect a richness and diversity that energize this community of scholars. They come from all 50 states and from over 100 different countries. In 2009–2010, we conferred more than 1,790 master's and more than 425 doctoral degrees. I'm proud of our students, of their achievements and of the outstanding graduate faculty who are their mentors.

I hope you will find our website informative and user friendly. We welcome your comments and inquiries. If you are not a current student here, I encourage you to visit our campus. Talk with faculty and graduate students. See for yourself all that North Carolina State University offers.
Rebeca C. Rufty
Interim Dean