Vision and Mission


The James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies at Emory University is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in advancing academic excellence through innovative scholarship, research, teaching, and programming that prepares a diverse and inclusive student body for success as leaders and in service to the global good.


“Emory University's mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.” — Emory University Mission

The James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies is committed to graduate education that provides students with deep and broad expertise in their chosen fields, creativity to cross discipline boundaries, courage to challenge convention, and confidence to ask unexpected questions and articulate bold new perspectives.

The mission of the Laney Graduate School is to:

  • Collaborate with our partners in other schools and units at Emory to provide broadly based, excellent graduate education that supports the research and scholarship of students, faculty, and the university as a whole;
  • Foster an environment of inclusion to ensure the range of educational benefits that can only come from diversity across the academic community;
  • Complement the world-class education our faculty offer by preparing our graduates for success in competitive national and global economies through contemporary professional development and career planning resources and programming;
  • Increase the visibility of graduate education nationally and internationally through advocacy that emphasizes the critical role of graduate education to the mission of the research university, to the competitiveness of the United States, and to the global good.