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The primary concerns of the Graduate School are graduate instruction and research. The Graduate School, therefore, plays an essential role in the development of instructional and research programs, in the acquisition of funds, and in the procurement of facilities necessary to encourage and support research by members of its scholarly community. Through faculty, staff, and students, the Graduate School makes its contribution to the public welfare of the region, state, nation, and international community.

The Graduate School offers master’s degrees in over seventy programs and doctoral degrees in over thirty programs. Graduate students pursue advanced study and research under the leadership of a graduate faculty of over 500 members. In addition, the Schools of Law and Medicine provide graduate students with additional opportunities in instruction and research. The Graduate School administers programs in the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences, the College of Arts and Media, the College of Business and Analytics, the College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College Liberal Arts, the School of Education, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine. 

Within these colleges and schools are programs whose distinguished faculty offer inspired teaching, conduct innovative research, and facilitate student services from admission to placement. The University has an excellent library and has a very good computing facility. For further information, see Academic Resources in the Academic Policies, Requirements, and Procedures tab on the Graduate Catalog homepage. In addition to the excellent research conducted in the colleges and schools, SIU operates a number of research and service centers, most of which have been established with the aid of outside funding.