The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Graduate School believes that it can best serve societal needs and respond to the challenges of graduate education through its commitment to time‐honored principles. Accordingly, the major role of the UMES Graduate School is to provide for the education of students in the scholarly methods of intellectual inquiry and critical analysis; to train them in the discipline and skill necessary for beneficial research, applications and practice; and to foster in them a dedication to creative thought and the search for knowledge. The UMES Graduate School promotes the freedom and intellectual environment necessary to stimulate research and scholarship of the highest quality for both students and faculty.
In terms of governance, each campus of the University System of Maryland is administered by a President who is responsible for all academic programs. The delegated administration of the graduate programs at UMES, within the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is to the Graduate Studies Dean. A Graduate Faculty Assembly and Graduate Council on the campus provide the organization by which the Graduate Faculty discharges its responsibilities for the quality and scope of graduate studies and research, embodied within the Graduate School.
The Graduate Studies website (www.umes.edu/grad) provides information for prospective, new, current and international students, including details on graduate programs. There are also links to online application forms for admission, catalogs and handbooks, and information on scholarships, grants and loans.
The Graduate Faculty
The Assembly of the Graduate Faculty consists of all regular and associate members of the Graduate Faculty who, through their participation in research and graduate instruction, have displayed a capacity for individual research or creative and scholarly work at the highest levels.
The Graduate Faculty, working through the Assembly and the Graduate Council, establishes policies governing admission to graduate study and the minimum requirements to be met by all students seeking advanced degrees awarded by the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The faculty of the various departmental graduate programs may set additional requirements, which are beyond the minimum established by the Graduate Council, for the admission to specific programs or for the completion of degrees within those programs.
The Graduate Council
The Graduate Council consists of members of the Graduate Faculty elected by the Assembly, as well as appointed and ex‐officio members. It is charged with the formulation of policies and procedures for the graduate programs at UMES. These include, but are not limited to, admission standards, review of new graduate programs and courses, and review of the UMES Graduate Faculty membership.
Students’ opinion and participation in determining matters of policy, procedure, and administration are appreciated and encouraged. In addition to their election to the Graduate Council, graduate students may also serve on departmental and campus committees.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore maintains membership in national organizations such as the Council of Graduate Schools and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. UMES has professional accreditation for the graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling and Teacher Education (Career and Technology Education, Guidance and Counseling, Special Education and 11 content areas for the Master of Arts in Teaching). Three other graduate programs have selected an accreditation agency.