In the increasingly competitive job market that college students enter after they graduate, they need something to help them stand out from the crowd. For many, this can be making the choice to continue their education through graduate school.“A graduate degree is that little something extra that tells employers that this person is capable of leadership opportunities in the future,” said Dr. Michael C. Henson, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Morehead State University.If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate-level education, MSU has taken major steps to make that an even more affordable option.In June, the MSU Board of Regents and the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education approved a decrease in the tuition price for the University’s graduate school. Graduate students, regardless of residence, will pay a flat tuition rate and online courses will require no Internet fee.“It’s not often you hear institutions say, hey, our tuition went down this year,” said Carlie Preece, graduate recruitment and retention coordinator at MSU. “That’s almost unheard of these days.”This is especially good news for MSU’s out-of-state students, whose price per credit hour has been nearly cut in half from $1000 per credit hour to $535 per credit hour.“I think for a student who takes courses on campus, but their permanent residence is out of state, I think this is a huge push for them to stay and go to grad school because it is so affordable,” Preece said.Both Dr. Henson and Preece said the decision to reduce the tuition rate for MSU’s graduate school programs was a way to give the University a competitive recruitment advantage while offering more students the chance to find out many of the exceptional graduate programs MSU has to offer.In various areas of study, such as communication, wellness promotion, adult and higher education, music performance and music education, MSU provides students the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in one year. More than 15 graduate degree, non-degree and certification programs are available to take and complete online. These include highly distinguished programs like our Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in English programs. Julia Hawkins, director of Career Services at MSU, said graduate school is a smart option to pursue for those who would like to potentially advance in their current jobs and essential to being considered for jobs in education, psychology, social work and health.“There are some fields where a graduate degree is mandatory,” Hawkins said. “That degree is going to give you an edge because you’re going to have the credentials going in.” With a new pricing structure in place, students are in an even better position to continue their education and increase their opportunities down the road.“Our graduate school is one of the best kept secrets in this part of the country,” Henson said. “When you’re very competitively priced, it gives them an opportunity to contribute to building graduate programs that are already quality programs. It’s just a way to give the best possible opportunity to the largest number of quality students.”For more information on MSU’s Graduate School, call 800-585-6781 or 606-783-2039, email email@example.com or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/gradschool.
The application fee for graduate school will be waived, effective July 24 through Aug. 19 using the code GRAD2013.
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