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Graduate Studies Overall


1. What are the admissions requirements "really" like?
All admissions requirements are presented in the applications link, except the MAT and MA-CI specialization areas. Please contact the MAT and MA-CI graduate coordinator for specific specialization requirements.


2. Do I need the GRE, GMAT, MAT or MFAT?
Individuals with significant experience or those who meet the full admission requirements may not need a standardized test. Those who are seeking a provisional admission may need to take a standardized test to fulfill weakness areas. All standardized tests are used to complement an admission decision and are not the only means of assessing a potential graduate student's ability in the cognitive and affective domains.


3. Are there pre-requisite courses required prior to graduate studies?
Each graduate program may request or require pre-requisite courses be taken prior to starting or in conjunction with graduate courses. Please contact the respective graduate coordinator for specific pre-requisite course requirements.


4. I completed the GRE, GMAT, MAT or MFAT more than five years ago, how do I get the scores when the ETS or other standardized testing organizations will only provide them for the past five years?
If you have standardized scores that are more than five years old to a maximum of 10 years old, we will accept the scores on a transcript from a bona fide college or university that we are accepting for either transfer credits or to verify undergraduate degree completion.


5. I am an International Student and need help with admissions, where do I go?
Please follow the link here for international student information:



Graduate Degree Completion Questions


1. How are graduate courses structured?
All courses are provided in either a traditional seated format or in a seated/online or seated/teleconference format (hybrid). Most instructors use SAKAI, our electronic learning platform to post class resources, assignments, notes and discussion forums. When hybrid courses are used, they are provided as complements to the seated instruction and never as a substitute for the faculty - student interaction. There are a limited number 100% online courses in most of the graduate programs.


2. What are the "size" of the graduate courses?
All graduate courses are limited in the number of graduate students, with an exceptional 9:1 average ratio of graduate students to faculty member. Only a few graduate courses have more than 20 graduate students, with the majority in the 7-12 graduate student range (the ideal for student learning with a degree of diversity of thought and depth of education - in other words, just enough and not too many!)


3. If my program has a thesis and I choose that option, what is the thesis really like?
The thesis is typically a large paper in the range of 30-50 pages, with more if required by the type of research. It builds on previous papers in your coursework and is conducted with your faculty advisor or a graduate faculty member who can chair a thesis. All individuals must complete the thesis using either a quantitative means (statistics involved) or in a qualitative means (showing a trend of some form). The thesis must present recommendations for improvement in the topic issue chosen.


4. What is the typical course "load" in terms of papers or labs?
Almost all graduate courses have a paper ranging from 20 to 30 pages. The courses without a paper have a significant amount of lab work to indicate proficiency in a particular skill set. Most students spend at least a minimum of 10-20 hours of studying per week per course to maintain a successful progression towards their graduate degree completion (At least a 3.0 GPA).


5. Are faculty available on campus as well as off-campus via online?
All graduate faculty members have been carefully chosen to represent both academic excellence and previous respective experience. Therefore, all faculty members are available during their on-campus hours as well as online via email. If you are unable to access your specific graduate faculty and need immediate attention, please see the respective graduate coordinator or the dean of graduate studies and continuing education via the Graduate Studies Contacts page.



Graduation and Alumni Experiences


1. Do I have to go through commencement?
All graduate students are expected to attend the commencement and awards banquet immediately before the commencement. Specific issues may arise where a graduate student cannot attend commencement or the awards banquet, and should direct their request to not attend the commencement and awards banquet to the dean of graduate studies and continuing education via the contact site information.


2. What are my prospects with a new graduate degree?
All graduate faculty members have networks for individuals who are new to their profession. You will develop a strong rapport with your faculty that will help find that "right" position in your profession. Also, several links will be provided during your courses to help you find potential employment.


3. What can I do as an alum of Shepherd University once I graduate with my graduate degree?
Please see our Alumni page at:




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