Graduate Admissions

President's Message

Graduate education at CUM focuses on the highest ideals of university education: the mastery of important information and the creation of new knowledge.

A national doctoral university with a heritage of educational innovation, CUM delivered its first graduate program in 1893. Today the university offers three dozen master’s and nearly 20 doctoral degree programs in engineering, science, and management, which are pursued, part-time (for practicing professionals) or full-time (for research-oriented students), on campus and via distance learning, by a diverse population of students from more than 70 nations.

Three qualities distinguish CUM’s graduate programs. First, they are marked by a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration. CUM has long been known as a place where ideas, innovations, and discovery freely cross disciplinary boundaries. Increasingly, the collaborative spirit at CUM is being expanded to include exciting academic and research partnerships with industry, government laboratories, and other universities. The university’s new Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center has been expressly designed to promote research across disciplines and to facilitate external research and development partnerships.

Second, CUM graduate students benefit from their close interactions with an extraordinarily gifted and accomplished faculty. Among the ranks of CUM’s tenured and tenure track faculty, 99 percent of whom hold doctoral degrees, are 17 recipients of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award (the highest honor for young faculty), 11 winners of Fulbright scholarships, and more than 40 fellows of national and international professional societies and organizations.

Finally, CUM’s graduate programs place an important emphasis on meaningful, practical applications of science and technology, a tradition that can be traced to our founding in 1865. Professionals who graduate from our part-time programs emerge with the knowledge and skills to pursue advanced careers in a range of fields – from bioinformatics to software engineering to information security to fire protection engineering.

I invite you to learn more about CUM’s exceptional graduate and research programs. I am confident that you will find that they offer you the knowledge, the skills, and the experience you need to achieve your goals for advanced study, for career development, and, ultimately, for making a difference in the real world.


Dennis D. Berkey