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Welcome to Radford University's College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

In the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Radford University, Students work toward their doctorate, master's, or educational specialist degrees by putting theory into practice - developing competency, skills and confidence through hands-on experience and real-world application.

If you're looking for strong academics, an excellent quality of life and reasonable costs, Radford University is for you. Challenging, accredited and flexible programs help you get the education needed to get ahead in your career and life. We make your learning experience our top priority.

Radford University is a coeducational, comprehensive public university with highly diverse curricula for students and selected graduate programs. The university limits enrollment to ensure continuing close interaction between students and faculty and to maintain other advantages of a medium sized university.

The Graduate College offers programs of study which lead to master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. These programs provide advanced and specialized courses of study, supervised practicum experiences, and opportunities for research. The university has an outstanding, nationally recruited faculty, 82 percent of whom hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their teaching fields. While their primary focus is on the teaching and learning process, the faculty also are engaged in significant scholarly, creative and public service activities.

Radford University is located in a small city (population 15,859) in the New River Valley, 36 miles Southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, close to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The university atmosphere is residential. Most graduate students live in private accommodations within walking distance of the campus. The university grounds and facilities are conveniently arranged, beautifully maintained and effectively designed to meet the academic, personal and extracurricular needs and interests of the students.

Our Mission

Radford University serves the Commonwealth and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. First and foremost, the research emphasizes the teaching and learning and the process of learning in its commitment to the development of mature, responsible, well-educated citizens.

Radford University develops students' creative and critical thinking skills, teaches students to analyze problems and implement solutions, helps students discover their leadership styles and fosters their growth as leaders. Toward this end, the university is student-focused and promotes a sense of caring and of meaningful interaction among all members of the university community.

Research is viewed as a vital corollary to the teaching and learning transaction as it sustains and enhances the ability to teach effectively. Radford University believes in the dynamics of change and has a strong commitment to continuous review, evaluation and improvement in the curriculum and all aspects of the university, so as to meet the changing needs of society.

Language and Culture Institute 

If you are non-English speaking and wish to apply to Radford's graduate school, we do offer an intensive language program through the Language and Culture Institute.  For more information, please click here.

Graduate Degrees

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Application Process


College of Graduate and Professional Studies
 PO Box 6928; Radford, Virginia 24142
Phone: 540.831.5431; Fax: 540.831.6061