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Life as a Gratz student. 

Welcome to Gratz College. We are excited that you are interested in a private, nonprofit college with over 20 years of experience teaching online, to earn your degree and start your next chapter.  When you choose Gratz, you will enroll in courses each term that follow your program's degree path. This is where you will engage with your professors and a community of peers who are working toward similar goals and share your interests. First time students can follow our Orientation to give you the tips and tools to navigate your journey. All Gratz students are welcome to participate in our virtual events and guest lectures and in those hosted by our partner institutions. 

Summer Institute

All graduate students are invited to our Summer Institute, the three-day event in July where we come together- faculty, staff, students, thinkers, and professionals- and learn from each other. Depending on your program this may fulfill your residency requirement. We invite everyone to join our panels, listen to our speakers, learn more about doing academic research, and much more.

Our stellar faculty will challenge and energize you to learn more and apply your knowledge to real life. While most of our students come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, all share a passion and feel a responsibility to repair the world. 

WATCH: Staci Margulis, a new Gratz student and career educator, describes her experience taking an online course for the first time.

Dissertation and Thesis Journey

Each program is based on a number of credits. Our schedule is conveniently broken up into 8-week terms. Your final paper or project will be the last requirement for you to earn your degree. For doctoral programs, you will move from student to doctoral candidate. The dissertation process goes from proposal, to acceptance, to defense. You will be assigned a dissertation chair to work with you during your research. The Library will assist you to collect, organize, and analyze your resources. Click here for a sample of some recent research topics from our grads. 


After a successful defense with your committee, you have reached the home stretch. Your program director will make sure you have completed your requirements and recommend you to the Dean for graduation. Gratz holds our Commencement Ceremony in August each year online. You – and as many people as you want to invite – can stream the event live!  Congratulations! We are happy you chose Gratz College to help you begin the next chapter of your professional life. 

Become a student

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Not only is the program rigorous, but being a smaller school, the staff very much cares about the students–creating opportunities for students to develop meaningful relationships with scholars in their field. ”

— Jason HenSley, Ph.D., graduate

I believe that we are lifelong learners. As a teacher, my studies at Gratz provided me with the most recent information in my field to help me improve as a teacher. The impact I can pass along to my coworkers and students is priceless.

— rebecca rice, m.ed. Graduate