Established in 1962 initially as the Graduate Studies Centre, and later as the School of Research and Graduate Studies, the School of Graduate Studies as it is now known has responsibility for coordinating all graduate level programmes in the University. It also serves as the repository for all records on graduate students. The School is presently located at Frederick Marfo Memorial Building, a donation from Dr. Steven Kwadwo Amoah-Marfo, an alumnus of the University, in memory of his late father Mr. Frederick Kojo Fordjour Marfo.
The School is headed by a Dean who is assisted by a Vice-Dean and an Executive Secretary. The School deals with all matters which have to do with admission, registration and records, examination of theses and dissertations, official correspondence and welfare of graduate students. The Board of Graduate Studies has two standing Committees – Graduate Programmes Development and Admissions Committee, and Graduate Examinations Committee.
The Graduate Programmes Development and Admissions Committee has oversight responsibility for admissions, approving new graduate programmes, accreditation of faculty to teach graduate level courses and supervise graduate research. The Graduate Examinations Committee has oversight responsibility for approving examiners, examining theses and dissertations, determining thesis and dissertation results, monitoring and evaluation of performance on graduate programme delivery.
With the adoption of a new PhD programme structure by the University in 2013, a PhD Technical Committee was established to take oversight responsibility for issues related to PhD studies being coordinated by the School of Graduate Studies. There are separate Handbooks for Masters’ and Doctoral studies.
Mandate and Management Structure
As part of its coordinating role, the School’s mandate under the direction of the Board of Graduate Studies includes:
• Promoting the development, diversification and effective delivery of post-graduate programmes to address emerging national issues.
• Accreditation of all faculty teaching and supervising graduate programmes to maintain high standards and ensure high quality graduate programme output.
The School co-ordinates graduate level academic programmes for the Colleges, Faculties and Schools and Institutes within the University. It also regulates and offers advice on graduate programmes being offered in the University’s affiliate institutions.
The programmes that are currently being co-ordinated by the School include: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Informatics (MHI), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Business Administration (MBA) Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD/DPhil), Doctor of Medicine (MD).