The Office of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the Office of Graduate Studies which is headed by the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, who reports to the president of Tuskegee University (TU) through the Provost. The Office is responsible for dissemination of information regarding TU’s graduate programs recruiting graduate students and monitoring their progress, from admission through graduation. The staff of the Office of Graduate Studies works closely with the department heads/graduate program directors, academic deans of units that offer graduate degrees and those in the Office of the Registrar in carrying out its various functions.

Shaik Jeelani
VP, Research  & Dean, Graduate Studies

Tuskegee University began graduate instruction in 1944. The first graduate degree, Master of Science, was awarded May 19, 1947 in Agriculture, Education and Home Economics.  By 1962, graduate work had been organized into a comprehensive unit for administration and coordination under a Dean of Graduate Programs. Throughout the years, the Dean has served jointly in other administrative capacities and currently also serves as Vice President for Research.

The Dean of Graduate Studies is advised by an eight- member Graduate Council. This council, which functions as the governance unit with responsibility for educational policies at the graduate level, is composed of the Dean of Graduate Studies as Chairperson, five faculty members, one representing each college (to be appointed by Deans), the chair if the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Research and Graduate Studies, and two elected graduate students. The graduate council, with input from the graduate faculty, suggests policy changes for implementation to the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate forwards its recommendations to the Provost for his/her approval. The Graduate Faculty was established in 1950. This body promotes and maintains the academic and general welfare of the faculty and graduate students. It has jurisdiction over matters of policy, procedures and regulations in graduate instruction and research.  In many departments of instruction, graduate students have organized themselves, and together with the faculty, they meet as needed for professional and/or academic exchanges. Students are encouraged to share their experiences with their peers and with faculty members.

 TU currently offers sixteen graduate programs at the Master’s level and four at the doctorate level. All our graduate programs are thesis/dissertation based with the exception of the Master of Science Program in Occupational Therapy. There are a few thesis based Master of Science Programs which also offer non-thesis based degrees.

Please visit the links on this page to learn the various services that are available through this office.

Contact Us

Tuskegee University
Office of Graduate Studies & Research
John A. Kenney Hall, Suite 44-320
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: 334-727-8970
Fax: 334-725-2367

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes


  •          to prepare of the next generation of scholars with skills needed for expanding scientific knowledge and facilitate work globally in their chosen            fields


  •        Maintain 100% compliance with state and federal regulations in involving graduate students in research and other sponsored programs  
  •        Increase the number of graduate students enrolled at TU by 10%, each year  
  •        Enhance the quality of Masters theses and Ph.D. Dissertations   


  •          Number of graduate courses developed based on research findings  
  •          Number of advanced degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) produced  
  •          Number of Publications produced  
  •          Number of patent applications co-authored by graduate students

Graduate Council

Click here for the Graduate Council  

Graduate Faculty

Click here for Graduate Faculty

Graduate Programs

Click here for the Graduate Programs


Download Graduate Admission Application 


Click here for Requirements

Course Catalog

Click here to for the Course Catalog

Graduate Handbook

Click here for the Graduate Handbook

Ph.D. Graduates

Center of Excellence

Additional Information




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