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Clusters and Certificates

The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary clusters and certificates facilitate connections between doctoral students and faculty who share research interests yet may not be in the same department or program.

These initiatives enable participating graduate students to join a cohort of students not only in their degree program but also potentially in many other departments, labs, and research traditions who are working on a common set of problems. In this way, many TGS students experience “dual citizenship” in both a degree program and interdisciplinary area. Many draw upon these experiences when designing their research projects, preparing for qualifying exams, and selecting dissertation committees.

Differences between clusters and certificates

While both clusters and certificates provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research and an intellectual "home" outside your department, they differ in completion requirements:

Explore cluster and certificate offerings

Students and cluster directors are also encouraged to visit the  cluster FAQ page  for a list of frequently asked questions.