By preparing the next generation of leaders in a knowledge-based economy, SIUE’s Graduate School fulfills the region’s demand for highly trained professionals. Graduate School offerings include arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing, dental medicine, pharmacy and interdisciplinary opportunities. SIUE professors provide students with a rare integration of theoretical education and hands-on research experiences. Students can pursue their master’s or doctoral degree or work to obtain a graduate certificate. Graduate students benefit from a supportive learning and rich intellectual environment tailored to the needs of adult learners. The Graduate School raises the visibility of research at SIUE, which ranks highest among its Illinois Board of Higher Education peers in total research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation.