Graduate Programs

Those things that I described five years ago as my vision and objectives for Dartmouth fully included the graduate programs. Because their budgets are largely separate from that of the College, the professional schools are essentially "tubs on their own bottoms," and they are less dependent upon endowment revenue than is the College-only budget. But while our various budgets may be separate, our faculties and students, our intellectual values and ambitions, and many parts of our academic infrastructure, are not. The amount of collaboration, cooperation, and discussion that takes places across the schools is really remarkable, and is one of Dartmouth's distinguishing characteristics. Here our size and scale become absolute intellectual advantages. Faculty from Arts and Sciences and each of the schools work closely with colleagues across the campus, while undergraduate and graduate students move back and forth freely. I am not aware of any university community in the country that does this so easily and so well. The graduate programs have each prospered over the past five years and together we have all been advantaged by this growing strength.

Dartmouth has twenty-four Ph.D. and master's programs in the Arts and Sciences, the Dartmouth Medical School, and Thayer School. These programs range from the world-recognized master's program in electro-acoustic music to the newly created Ph.D. program in genetics, as well as a Master of Public Health program in the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth. Graduate students contribute in vital ways to the creation of a rich learning environment across the institution as they interact with undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. We recently increased graduate student stipends and have opened new housing for graduate students on Park Street.

Photo of Tuck professor in classroom

The Tuck School, under Dean Paul Danos' leadership, has expanded the number of students in the Master of Business Administration program by one-third and has also expanded the number of faculty by a like percent. The school is consistently ranked among the very best business schools in the world and indeed twice garnered the top slot in the Wall Street Journal rankings. Tuck celebrated its centennial in 2000 and also completed a very successful capital campaign. One of the most significant results of that campaign is the wonderful Whittemore Hall facility, which combines student residences with conference and teaching space.

Photo of Thayer professor and student

The Thayer School with Dean Lewis Duncan has also undertaken some expansion including an increase in the number of Ph.D. students and in the highly successful Master of Engineering Management Program, run with the support of the Tuck School. Engineering faculty collaborate with colleagues at the Medical School, the Tuck School, and, of course, the Arts and Sciences, where the engineering program is fully integrated into the undergraduate curriculum. They have also played a central role in the Institute for Security Technology Studies and continue to compete extremely well for outside funding. A very successful fundraising effort has enabled Thayer to move forward with the construction of an engineering sciences center that will provide much needed space relief.

Photo of DMS professor and student

The Dartmouth Medical School has also prospered. Stephen Spielberg assumed the deanship on July 1, 2003, when he succeeded John Baldwin and acting dean Ethan Dmitrovsky. A pediatrician and pharmacologist, Dr. Spielberg comes to DMS after a long career in academic medicine and was most recently vice president of pediatric drug development at Johnson & Johnson. DMS has an array of successful research programs within sixteen clinical and basic science departments, the Center for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The new facilities at the Cancer Center and Rubin Building for research and treatment are impressive; the open lab concept and collaborative values that have shaped the design of this facility symbolize and enhance the exciting work of this nationally recognized faculty.

Overall enrollments in the graduate programs have increased in recent years. Although we have no plans to expand the undergraduate student body and the Tuck School has completed its planned expansion, we do expect to see continued modest growth in other graduate programs. The academic deans, in putting forth proposals for their schools, will be looking to concentrate such growth in areas where Dartmouth can have an impact. Provost Barry Scherr will continue to oversee the planning process.

Posted 8 December 2003
Photos by Joseph Mehling '69
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