The mission of the University Graduate School (UGS) is to promote and support excellence in graduate education for the benefit of faculty, students, and academic units on all Indiana University campuses where graduate programs exist. Graduate students, doctoral students in particular, represent a critical link between undergraduate education and the scholarship of our faculty. Thus, the quality of graduate education has a significant impact on the teaching and research mission of the university, as well as its reputation. For this reason, we are committed to ensuring that all IU graduate programs uphold the highest standards of excellence. This is our top priority.