Graduate Program Major Concentrations

A graduate program concentration, otherwise known as a major concentration, is a formally recognized subfield of study within a discipline offered in a graduate program (masters or doctorate-level), and it represents a coordinated set of courses which emphasize a subfield within the graduate program. The major concentration indicates the student’s focus according to research interests and/or professional goals.

Students must apply for and obtain the approval of their departmental Director of Graduate Studies or Department Chair to declare a major concentration. With departmental permission, students may apply for more than one major concentration for each graduate degree earned, assuming the program has multiple concentrations. A major concentration is available only to students in the graduate program within which the concentration is administered.