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About the Graduate College

a photo of the Staff of the Graduate college standing on the upper level of Walwood hall in front of the railing that overlooks the lower level of the entranceway

The Graduate College, as the institution’s primary advocate for graduate study, promotes academic excellence by taking the lead in shaping graduate policy, assisting faculty in guiding and mentoring graduate students, and integrating services that support students in becoming accomplished and ethical scholars, researchers and professionals.

Graduate College staff members and our doctoral associates are available to answer your questions, connect you with current graduate students, and provide you with the technical support and intellectual guidance you need to complete your degree.

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention--housed within the Graduate College--is an innovative, one-of-a-kind center that provides sustained individual mentoring, guidance, and advising support to graduate students in all fields. The center represents an integrated approach to graduate student retention and success, conducts research on time to degree, ensures best practices in graduate education, and implements programmatic interventions to enhance opportunities for degree completion and professional development for all WMU graduate students. The Center provides conflict resolution for students and faculty, statistical consultation services for dissertation and thesis research, dissertation and thesis coaching, proposal development and writing support, development of the CV or resume, as well as other resources. In addition, the Center oversees all Graduate College awards for graduate student research and travel, as well as dissertation completion awards, fellowships and prizes. Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, director of the Graduate Center, for additional information.

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