Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[115] Sept. 30 Grad Fair at MTSU offers insights on pursuing advanced degrees

MURFREESBORO — MTSU students, staff, alumni and members of the local community looking to pursue advanced degrees are encouraged to stop by the Student Union Tuesday, Sept. 30, for this year’s Grad Fair.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies, the annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor ballroom of the Student Union. No registration is required for this free event. A printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap14-15.

Faculty members from across the university will be on hand to discuss opportunities to pursue an advanced degree — online or on campus — and boost careers.

MTSU offers 100 graduate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, education and business, including the Accelerated Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program, which allows eligible undergraduates in certain disciplines to earn both degrees in five years.

Dr. Jackie Eller, interim vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, pointed to the benefits of some of the interdisciplinary programs within graduate studies, such as the Master of Professional Science program.

“This program is designed for working adults and offers the flexibility of both on campus and online studies,” Eller said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by the year 2018, one in every seven new jobs will require a graduate degree. And U.S. Census figures show that adults with advanced degrees earn an average of 44 percent more than those with undergraduate degrees.

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