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What does it mean to have a graduate degree from the U?

At an educational institution as large and diverse as the University of Minnesota, there could be as many answers to this question as there are graduate degrees. That said, we expect all of our graduate students, regardless of degree program, to demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research or scholarship in their major field, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of their research effectively. Students who complete a research-based doctoral degree are also expected to demonstrate mastery of their specialization and to conduct original research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in their discipline. Within this general framework, each program defines for itself—in a faculty-driven, consultative process—what students can expect to have learned when they graduate. About the initiative >

Impetus and context

A starting point for graduate programs

Programs share their statements

How do I begin?

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