Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Academic Policies

To the right, you will find key information concerning academic policies and requirements of our graduate students. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves and meeting the academic expectations of the University of Miami. Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Mission and Goal Statement

The mission of the Graduate School is to promote graduate education, scholarship and research; to support individuals, departments and programs in the pursuit of excellence; to foster innovative, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary activities; and to maintain high ethical and academic standards in graduate studies.

The standards of study and conduct in the Graduate School are high. They are not set and maintained by the Graduate School but rather by the faculty who determine the standards for their individual program. The Graduate School through its Council sets no course requirements for a degree. It does set certain general residence, grade and examination standards. Fundamentally, the Graduate School delegates responsibility to the student and their program. Within this broad responsibility the recommendation for the degree rests with their committee.

The Graduate School

All graduate work at the University of Miami is under the direction of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council. All graduate students at the University of Miami are subject to the general standards and requirements of the University and its various programs in regard to attendance, examinations, payment of fees and conduct, as well as to the specific requirements of the Graduate School. The graduate student is expected to assume the initiative in completing all requirements in the time specified.

Students should note that “graduate study” means an integrated program of advanced, specialized study, based on an undergraduate major and/or adequate background, presupposing academic and personal maturity, and making much more than average demand upon the industry, initiative and scholarship of the student. The term must be distinguished from “post-graduation study” which means merely that courses, not necessarily of graduate level, are taken after the student has received a bachelor’s degree.

To preserve its ideals of scholarship, conduct and character, the Graduate School reserves the right and the student by his/her registration concedes the right to require the withdrawal of any student for any reason deemed sufficient by the Graduate School at any time.