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The mission of the Graduate College of Rush University is to promote and assure excellence in research education and mentoring programs responsible for training outstanding and diverse candidates in the basic and clinical sciences. At Rush, the translation of bench research to the clinic is the primary focus of all divisions. Using the practitioner-teacher model, faculty work side by side with the students in an effort to cure disease and bring the newest possible treatments to the patients. The college promotes cooperative efforts in achieving high quality educational and research programs to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong professional development.

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To facilitate its educational mission, the Graduate College is organized into graduate education programs. All, except two, graduate education programs represents a separate discipline and is related to its parent academic department. The two exceptions referenced (biotechnology and clinical research) are administered by the Graduate College dean's office and overseen by the Graduate College Council. Faculty members from several academic areas participate in the education of students in these programs. Currently, the college offers the following programs:

The primary goal of each of the above is to provide excellent graduate education in the sciences basic to medicine. The programs of the college are flexible and responsive to the changing needs and experiences in their disciplines. To that end, each is headed by a program director who serves for definite terms of appointment and whose reappointments are subject to periodic review. Each director reports through to the dean of the Graduate College and is a member of the Graduate College Council. The Graduate College Council is the senior representative body of the college. Its membership includes all graduate education program directors, an elected faculty member from each parent academic department and three students elected by the students annually. Only the elected members and students are allowed to vote. The dean serves as chair of the council. The council is responsible for setting policies for the admission of students; the formulation and adoption of general operating policies, standards and procedures of the college; the appointment of graduate college faculty and the approval of those recommended for degrees. Although the dean and the council hold ultimate responsibility for programs of the Graduate College, the parent academic departments of graduate study retain significant authority in structuring and administering their programs. The faculty of the Graduate College is drawn from the faculty of the other colleges of Rush University. The Graduate College is truly run, organized and routinely assessed by its faculty and students.

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For more information about the college's philosophy, organization, requirements and curriculum, see the Rush University Catalog.

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