The purpose of the Graduate Programs, Albany State University, is to define and promote excellence in graduate education and the research and scholarly activities associated with it. In concert with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Sciences & Health Professions, each graduate program establishes a high standard of intellectual excellence and ensures the application of that standard in discussions, deliberations and decisions about faculty, students, curriculum and research direction. All graduate  programs are  centered on academic issues and on enhancing scholastic excellence in the recruitment, admission and matriculation of graduate students.

The graduate programs bring an institution-wide perspective to all post-baccalaureate endeavors. It establishes, through its faculty, a set of policies that defines excellence in graduate education, high quality in curriculum, exceptional student selection and rigor in faculty appointments. It defines the minimum standards acceptable for all post-baccalaureate work and ensures the observance of both the campus wide and program-specific standards articulated and approved by the graduate faculty.

Research by graduate faculty members plays a central role in expanding scholarship and providing service to Southwest Georgia and the world. Characterized by a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to learning, graduate research involves students, faculty and applicable stakeholders in addressing policy issues and solving local, regional and global socioeconomic, political and environmental problems. Upon graduation, students possess the measurable competencies and knowledge required to contribute successfully to their organizations and communities, enhancing their own lives and improving the quality of life and opportunities for others. Publications in scholarly journals and books document the results of research and the improvements made to the quality of life of citizens living throughout Georgia and the Southeastern United States.

Quality graduate programs result only from quality faculty. Thus, the graduate programs ensure sufficient numbers of regular, permanent faculty members who are active in scholarship and research and highly effective in creating technology-based classroom environments in which maximum learning occurs. These faculties must be committed to promoting lifelong learning, dedicated to quality scholarship and to the intellectual enhancement of their graduate programs and of their students. Building a student-centered, pluralistic learning community is a top priority.

The graduate programs provide institution-wide leadership and develop and implements policies governing graduate education.