Choosing to pursue a master’s degree program at Fairmont State University represents a commitment to excellence, personal growth and lifelong learning.
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. Fairmont State is meeting the challenge of educating professionals in a variety of fields including criminal justice, business and multiple areas within the field of professional education.
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“Many of our students are from West Virginia and would like to earn their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the same institution close to home. Fairmont State’s smaller class sizes mean students receive more attention from faculty. Our applications-based approach prepares graduate students for their next career or challenge,” said Dr. Jack Kirby, Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies.
“Fairmont State’s graduate courses are offered in the evenings or online or through a combination of the two, which makes graduate education available and accessible for working adults.”
Graduate Studies at Fairmont State 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.
FSU 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.
Candace Bonecutter of Point Pleasant is pursuing a Master of Education degree at FSU.
“FSU really does have a family atmosphere, in addition to offering me a top-notch graduate experience. I feel prepared for whatever next step I decide to take – either as a teacher or continuing on to my doctorate in history,” she said.
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