In 2016, the 90th year since its founding, The Graduate School began drafting a new strategic plan that would guide its course for the next decade, with the goal of putting the school in a robust position when it turns 100. The strategic plan was completed in 2018. You can read each section of the plan below or download it as a PDF.


Front of the Graduate School building

To be “the ultimate facilitator of the best work and the best people” | READ

Goal 1

Student smiling broadly while looking straight at camera

Provide robust support to compete for the best graduate students, help them thrive at Duke, and prepare them for success after Duke | READ

Goal 2

Graduate School staff member speaking to prospective students at Sloan boot camp

Assist the school’s graduate programs in recruiting top students and providing them with the best possible educational experience | READ

Goal 3

Group of students laughing and talking at homecoming reception

Create an inclusive environment where students from all walks of life can have a sense of belonging and the support they need to succeed, and where diversity is valued as a strength and a means to achieving the university’s mission | READ

Goal 4

students discussing with faculty at RCR orientation

Work university-wide to develop a vision and strategy to grow master’s programs sustainably and ensure master’s students receive a high-quality experience | READ

Goal 5

Graduates smiling as they sit at commencement in the rain

Continue to strengthen and grow The Graduate School’s connections with its community of alumni and supporters | READ

Goal 6

Graduate School staff member speaking about professional development

Continue efforts to make The Graduate School a leader among its peers and on the Duke campus in discussions concerning graduate education | READ