Vision, Mission & Values


As a global leader in graduate education, the University of Minnesota fosters an inclusive environment that enables curious, creative, and courageous thinkers who work both independently and collaboratively, pursue answers to significant questions, challenge assumptions, and exercise ethical responsibility in the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.


The mission of the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota is to ensure quality in graduate education, advocate for the academic and professional development of graduate students, advance intellectual communication and scholarship across disciplines, and promote cultural diversity, scholarly integrity, and inclusivity.


We are guided in our work by our core values: Integrity | Dependability | Creativity | Inclusivity | Perseverance | Community | Courage | Joy of Life