The mission of the Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth is to foster postgraduate academic programs of the highest quality, catalyze intellectual discovery, and prepare a diverse community of scholars for global leadership.

The Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies At A Glance

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees created the school—now the Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies—in 2016, making it the first new school established at Dartmouth in more than a century. Congressman Guarini's gift in support of the graduate school is his third major commitment to Dartmouth. 

The first graduate degree was awarded in 1885, now the School oversees all PhD awards and has administrative oversight across 12 masters programs and an increasing number of interdisciplinary programs.

The Guarini School supports more than 1,000 graduate students, doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars in 35 programs—all graduate students at Dartmouth except Tuck's MBA students and Geisel's MD students.

"Education is the most important word in our language, in any language," said Congressman Guarini. "It's how we create leaders, grow our economy, and learn about other people, which nurtures peace. Education is the key to a better world."


Classified as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Foundation as having "very high research activity." and sponsored research attracted $203 million in FY 2018. Dartmouth is a member of the Association of American Universities.

The School supports over 1,000 students and postdoctoral scholars and connects more than 4,000 alumni who are global leaders in academia, policy, industry, and business.Tailored to respond to a faster-moving world, Dartmouth graduate programs are embedded in 160 buildings across our 269-acre campus. Dartmouth offers an intellectual base surrounded by stunning natural beauty in all seasons.

Dartmouth offers full financial support to all students in doctoral programs; financial aid at the masters level varies by program. See a full list of our programs.