Grad School unites master’s, doctoral degree programs


The continued growth in enrollment, variety, and prestige of UIndy’s graduate-level programs has led to the creation of a new school.Veteran faculty member and administrator Dr. E. John McIlvried was selected this fall to serve as the first dean of the University of Indianapolis Graduate School. The structure was created to coordinate functions among the University’s 27 master’s and five doctoral degree program offerings and to foster the development of innovative new graduate programs. The consolidation is apparent at the Graduate School website,, where students can apply for any of those 30-plus programs.

“We’re already attracting students from across the nation and around the world, but this will make it easier for prospective students to learn about and apply for our programs,” McIlvried says.

He noted that UIndy is increasingly identified with its advanced-degree programs in the health sciences, psychology, education, business, and other fields. The University now produces more clinical psychologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists than any institution in Indiana. UIndy ranks fifth among all Hoosier colleges, public and private, in producing doctoral grads. Some 1,200 graduate students attend UIndy, accounting for about 22 percent of enrollment at the main campus.

McIlvried, a psychologist, joined the University faculty in 1993. In 2001 he was named dean of the School of Psychological Sciences. In 2007, he took on additional responsibilities as associate provost, a title he will retain. McIlvried holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Akron. His professional background includes serving as chief psychologist for Central State Psychiatric Hospital in Indianapolis.