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Growing graduate education programs play important role in Georgia Southern University’s growth

When Georgia Southern University holds its Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 22-25, it will highlight an increasingly important portion of its student body: the men and women who study in the University’s master’s and doctoral degree programs.

‘Georgia Southern serves 1,900 graduate students right now in a variety of growing programs,” said Timothy Mack, dean of the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. ‘The University’s strategic plan calls for us to steadily increase the number of graduate students to about 20 percent of total enrollment.”

Most of Georgia Southern’s graduate students attend part-time, live off-campus, and are already employed. Georgia Southern also offers a variety of graduate degree programs for full-time graduate students who live on campus.

‘We continue to see increased interest in our graduate programs from students around the state, country, and world,” says Mack. ‘We are particularly seeing increased interest from students outside the United States.”

In recent years Mack has found that for many professions, such as teaching, a graduate degree is the new standard. For example, Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission maintains strict guidelines for continuing teacher education, so the graduate programs in the College of Education are designed to meet those requirements.

In addition to adding new doctoral programs in psychology, public health, and nursing practice, Georgia Southern University is changing the way it delivers its graduate programs. Because many graduate students are tied to one location, the University is offering selected courses either partly or completely online.

Through Georgia Southern University Online, students can pursue a variety of online graduate programs ranging from nursing and education to an MBA and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Coaching Education Emphasis. The University recently added a fifth doctoral degree  and its first online doctorate  the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week will include several events:

  • Employment Workshop on Tuesday, April 22 from 4-7 p.m. to help students prepare for interviews. A featured speaker will discuss employment trends.
  • Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CIT Lobby. See and hear the best scholarly creative work from graduate students. One $250 award will be given in each college.
  • Keynote Speaker Marc Prensky, on Thursday, April 24 from 3:30-5 p.m., and the Graduate Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
  • Presentation of Symposium Awards, Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m.

For those interested in learning more about graduate education at Georgia Southern University, the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies has created an online presentation titled ‘Why Graduate Education?” To get the answers on graduate education, visit http://cogs.georgiasouthern.edu/WhyGradEducation/index.htm.

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