The Graduate Studies programs support the mission and goals of Fairmont State University through graduate education. Based on experiential learning and interdisciplinary study, FSU offers select yet comprehensive high quality graduate programs. These programs strive to foster core competencies, cutting-edge technologies, and critical thinking. Committed and competent faculty prepare eager and reflective individuals for life and work in an increasingly complex, diverse, and global society. FSU graduate students receive personal attention as they work closely with faculty in small classes. Graduate programs at Fairmont State University are responsive to the needs of the external community, and in turn provide the most innovative and highest caliber graduate education in the region.
A student undertakes graduate study in order to gain a deeper knowledge in a particular academic discipline and to become able to demonstrate to the faculty and practitioners in the field the attained mastery of knowledge. Consequently, graduate study cannot be defined primarily in terms of semester hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate, even though minimum coursework requirements are commonly specified for graduate degrees. Minimum requirements set the lower limit for an integrated plan of study.
Graduate students are expected to become participating members of the University community and are encouraged to attend the lectures presented by visiting scholars, to listen to academic discussions of their faculty, and to study with their fellow graduate students.