Graduate School

We emphasize intensive, disciplinary-specific, and interdisciplinary training, taking advantage of Vanderbilt’s collaborative and collegial culture.

Our Values

Collaboration and Excellence

Team up with world-class faculty across campus.


Develop strong, supportive relationships with the best and brightest.


Pursue new ways of seeing and shaping the world.

Institutional Support

Prepare for the future with professional opportunities.

What Makes Us Unique

The Vanderbilt Graduate School offers customized post-baccalaureate degrees in a wide variety of fields, all within a collaborative and collegial environment. Our students benefit from a varied path approach that emphasizes intensive, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary training, preparing a path toward excellence.

Quick Guide

Navigate the path from applicant to admitted student

Student walking through fall campus
  • 2,400

    Students across multiple disciplines

  • 59

    Academic programs across the university, including 49 Ph.D. and 10 Master’s programs

  • 5

    Years of guaranteed funding

  • 24%

    Of doctoral student body comprised of international students (26% Master’s)

  • 95

    Students with National Science Foundation GRFP Fellowships

  • 89%

    Of underrepresented students complete their Ph.D.

Your Path to a Graduate Degree

The Vanderbilt Graduate School confers Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.F.A. and M.L.A.S. degrees in programs that are either focused in a specific academic department, or are custom-designed to draw from faculty across two or more academic units.  

If your discipline is not offered by the Graduate School, it may be housed within a Vanderbilt professional school like Vanderbilt Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College or the School of Medicine, that grants their degrees independently. 

Doctoral Program Enhancements

Vanderbilt Graduate School has made a significant investment in program enhancements to doctoral education. Read about the evolution and how Dean André Christie-Mizell plans to implement changes to enhance the offerings for our Ph.D. students.

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