The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) prepares students for professional careers in a wide range of programs, from the traditional arts and sciences to education to the applied health sciences, but all of them belong to the same University-wide community of knowledge.

The Graduate College has evolved to address the needs of both working adult students and full-time student scholars by offering challenging and enriching learning opportunities through classes offered in a variety of mediums and locations. The Graduate College features 26 master’s degrees, seven doctoral programs and many post bachelor’s certificates.  With a presence in Radford, Roanoke, Higher Education Centers across Southwest Virginia and virtual learning environments, graduates from the College of Graduate Studies and Research develop the critical competencies and professional skills to serve them well in their academic and professional careers.

What Makes the Graduate College Unique

The College of Graduate Studies and Research provides students with state-of-the-art classrooms, research and internship opportunities, support for students to attend and present at professional conferences and so much more. Our programs are not only regionally accredited but also accredited by some of the premier accrediting bodies, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for the MBA program and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in our Counseling and Human Development program.  Many of our programs are nationally ranked as top programs in their field including:

  • “Top Regional Public Universities in the South" U.S. News and World Report, 2020
  • “Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice” U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • “Best Part-time MBA” U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • "Best Doctor of Physical Therapy" U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • "Best Master of Occupational Therapy" U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • "Best MFA - Design Thinking" program U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • "Best Communication Sciences and Disorders" program U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • “Best Master of Social Work” program U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • “Best Math Education Program”, 2020
  • “10 Best Online Doctor of Health Science Degrees”, 2020

Your Support Makes a Difference

College of Graduate Studies and Research students balance rigorous class schedules and programs of study that often include labs, research and clinical hours with full or part-time jobs. Their success requires time to focus on their academics without the additional demands of working long hours to finance their education. They also need the added value of experiences that enhance their education, including practicing their discipline outside of the classroom and opportunities for presenting their work at conferences.




Scholarships aid in recruiting the most qualified students, while providing an opportunity for students to focus on their studies. 

Funds for Student Travel

Attending and presenting at conferences, international learning opportunities and internships encourage students to be global citizens and prepare them to be well-rounded practitioners after graduation.

Application Fee Waivers

Help support a graduate student’s education by supporting an application fee waiver to Radford University, which helps Radford recruit more top-level students to its many graduate programs.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide students with funding for their education while providing hands-on learning experiences with their programs.

Graduate College Fund

Graduate Students have everyday needs and sometimes emergency needs. Your financial support can help address critical priorities for students and their academic programs.