Welcome from Dean Hoock

Dean Holger Hoock

Welcome to the Office of Graduate Studies in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Graduate education is a public good and central to the academic mission of the University of Pittsburgh. Graduate students are at the core of the Dietrich School’s excellence in research and education.

The Dietrich School offers graduate degrees ranging across the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, including joint degrees with the Schools of Medicine and Law as well as Carnegie Mellon University. Interdisciplinary certificate programs and numerous interdisciplinary units promote research across departmental boundaries.

Each year, we attract the most promising students to join our diverse and dynamic scholarly and educational community of some 1,300 graduate students dedicated to the pursuit of research and knowledge that will contribute to improving lives in our region, the country, and the world.

We educate and support our graduate students as emerging scholars, teachers, and mentors. We prepare them to become tomorrow’s disciplinary and interdisciplinary leaders advancing knowledge, driving innovation, and contributing to the resolution of complex regional, national, and global problems.

Earning a graduate degree requires time, deep commitment, as well as patience and resilience. As students work alongside our remarkable faculty and undergraduates to advance discoveries and make original contributions to their fields, we are committed to sustaining an environment where they experience the intellectual engagement, mentoring, and attention to the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of the graduate life experience necessary to achieve their goals.

As we support our students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion, they can expect a high level of engagement with our graduate faculty who research on the cutting-edge of discovery and knowledge. We emphasize strong mentoring and advising, high-quality pedagogical preparation, rich interdisciplinary as well as international opportunities, and career orientation and professional development. Our programs have demonstrated success in helping prepare graduates for high-impact, satisfying careers in academia, government, as well as the private and non-profit sectors. Surveys of alumni career trajectories inform benchmarking and program enhancement.

On this website, visitors can find news of activities, academic opportunities, resources, program statistics, and essential policies and procedures. If you don’t find what you need, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Graduate Studies team.

Holger Hoock
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research