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Graduate Record 2013-2014 
Graduate Record 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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Contact Information

Office of Admissions
PO Box 400775
101 Randall Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4775

Office of Enrolled Students
PO Box 400773
110 Randall Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4773


Although Thomas Jefferson’s original plan for the University contemplated graduate instruction, the first such department in the modern sense was not instituted until 1859-60 by Professor Basil Gildersleeve in the School of Greek. Shortly after the Civil War, a similar department was announced for the School of Latin. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was offered initially by the University as early as 1880 and was first awarded in 1885. No formal departmental organization for graduate study existed, however, until 1904. In that year, the Graduate School was established under regulations corresponding to the requirements of the Association of American Universities, in which the University of Virginia was the first southern university to hold membership. There are currently 967 members of the graduate faculty and 29 programs in the arts and sciences granting graduate degrees.


The administrative offices of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are located on the first floor of Randall Hall. Students who have a question regarding the following degree requirements and policies should consult their directors of graduate study. Should clarification or an exception be required, the director of graduate study will raise the issue with the assistant dean for graduate programs. For serious matters that cannot be resolved in this fashion, students have recourse to a formal appeal and grievance procedure outlined below.