The Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is known for world-class scholarship fueled by an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. Whether you’re seeking a traditional liberal arts approach or cutting edge training in biomedical innovation, our small size ensures that you will have individual attention, tailored advising, and research opportunities well-matched to your interests. As a student here, you’ll be part of a team of researchers and educators working on important, world-changing problems.

Four Campuses – One Mission

Our mission is to train and mentor future leaders in research, teaching, and innovation for serving humanity. This embodies the Graduate School’s vital role as an engine of discovery that fuels the nation’s scholarly and creative enterprise.

The WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences consists of four campuses located in Winston-Salem, NC:

  • Arts and Science Programs: Reynolda and Historic Brookstown Campuses
  • Biomedical Programs: Clarkson Campus Primate Center and Bowman Gray campus, which spans our downtown Innovation Quarter laboratories and clinical settings at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Program Features

  • Small Class Sizes - Personalized Education: With approximately 400 master’s and PhD students and 190+ graduate faculty, students receive plenty of one-on-one time with faculty and mentors.
  • Diverse Student Body - Well-Rounded Education: Our students are from 40 states and 20 countries, with 26% of students from under-represented minorities and 13% international. Student inclusion is encouraged and diversity is celebrated through programming and events throughout the year.
  • Strong Academic - Career Advising and Successful Outcomes: The average time to graduation is 1.9 years for biomedical master’s students and 4.9 years for biomedical PhD students – well below the national average. Our current students have authored 160 publications, and our alumni within 3 years of graduation have authored 440 publications. These impressive outcomes exemplify the rigorous educational foundation provided at Wake Forest as well as the strong academic and career advising.
  • Mandatory Ethics Training and Integrity - Professionalism: All biomedical graduate students undergo extensive ethics training which begins with an Ethics Boot Camp attended within their first 2 weeks of classes. Producing scientists with a high degree of integrity and professionalism is an important tenant of a Wake Forest education.
  • Highly Collaborative Environment - Dynamic Research Opportunities: With a multitude of ongoing translational studies, the research culture at Wake Forest School of Medicine is highly-collaborative. This offers students the opportunity to learn multiple research approaches and diversify their research portfolio.

National Rankings

Wake Forest University ranks #27 nationally by US News & World Report. Out of 2,264 hospitals and academic medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was nationally ranked in 7 specialties:

  • #19 in Cancer
  • #30 in Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • #31 in Geriatrics
  • #38 in Nephrology
  • #41 in Pulmonology
  • #47 in Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • #49 in Gynecology