On behalf of Fairmont State University and the Office of Graduate Studies, welcome to our website. This website presents information about Graduate Studies at FSU, as well as detailed information about individual programs and how to apply for admission.
As the demand for highly trained professionals in every field increases, more and more students are choosing to pursue a master's level degree. The degree, once considered primarily a stepping stone toward a doctorate, is becoming, for many, a terminal degree. Many fields which once employed graduates with bachelor's degrees now prefer to hire those with master's degrees. FSU is meeting that need by offering master’s degrees in criminal justice, business and a variety of areas within the field of professional education.
Graduate Studies at Fairmont State University are designed to give students advanced knowledge in a special field of study, higher levels of professional competence, an understanding of and respect for scholarly research and a sophisticated knowledge of the techniques of continued, lifelong intellectual growth. These goals are achieved through coherent, orderly programs of study, investigation and supervised practical experiences that are carefully planned by each individual student in consultation with a graduate faculty advisor.
Choosing to pursue a Master's degree program at Fairmont State University represents a commitment to excellence, personal growth, and lifelong learning. Our graduate programs are committed to a student-centered learning environment that emphasizes concrete experiences, intellectual discourse, and critical reflection. FSU is small enough to allow each graduate student opportunities for interaction with fellow students and distinguished faculty members, yet large enough to provide challenging and diverse areas of study. To better serve graduate students, the university schedules classes at times designed to meet the scheduling needs of part-time as well as full-time students. In fact, several programs and many courses are delivered primarily online. Such courses typically receive student ratings which surpass those of traditional, face-to-face classes.
Dr. Jack R. Kirby
Director of Graduate Studies