The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has 9 graduate programs, including 3 interdisciplinary programs affiliated with multiple OSU colleges. At CFAES, the Office for Research and Graduate Education assists faculty and staff with our affiliated graduate programs. This website houses administrative resources for the many staff and faculty working on graduate student related work at CFAES.
General Structure of Graduate Education at OSU
Graduate education at Ohio State University is mostly decentralized, meaning that each graduate program has a large amount of autonomy. The OSU Graduate School serves to centralize some resources and provide assistance to programs, such as managing online admissions and student recruiting.
The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education oversees the entire research enterprise at the college and works to coordinate and advocate for our researchers across the college, university, and beyond.
The Graduate Education Coordinator helps manage all of the graduate programs and provides support for our graduate students. By creating graduate student professional development content, college-level recruitment materials, and serving as a liaison with the graduate school, this position works to streamline CFAES graduate education and related resources to support our graduate students.
Each graduate program has a Graduate Program Coordinator, who oversees many of the major day-to-day activities and student-related needs of the graduate program.
Each graduate program also has a Graduate Studies Committee, made of faculty, which oversees and administers the graduate degree programs. The Graduate Program Chair/ Graduate Studies Chair is typically elected by the members of the Graduate Studies Committee. This chairperson works closely with the graduate program coordinator and others at the college and university to oversee and advocate on behalf of their graduate program.