Frequently Asked Questions
Graduate Studies Admissions
1. What are the admissions requirements “really” like?
All admissions requirements are presented on the graduate studies apply page and on the individual graduate program webpages. This information is also found in the Shepherd University catalog.
2. Do I need the GRE, GMAT, MAT or MFAT?
The apply page outlines the three types of admissions status: full, conditional and provisional. Some students who fall below the range of cumulative GPA in provisional or conditional status may be required to take a standardized test. Individual programs that lead to licensure may also require a standardized test as an indicator of potential to complete a graduate program.
3. Are there prerequisite courses required prior to graduate studies?
Each graduate program may request or require prerequisite courses be taken prior to starting or in conjunction with graduate courses. Please contact the respective graduate coordinator for specific prerequisite course requirements. Additionally, all admissions requirements are presented on the graduate studies apply page and on the individual graduate program web pages. This information is also found in the Shepherd University catalog.
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 between 5-10 years old, Graduate Studies will accept the scores on a transcript from any accredited college or university submitted as part of application.
5. I am an International Student and need help with admissions, where do I go?
The following links from International Affairs and on the Graduate Studies apply page offer information for international applicants and students:
Graduate Degree Completion Questions
1. How are graduate courses structured?
All courses are provided in either a traditional seated format or online or hybrid. Most instructors use SAKAI, our learning management system to post class syllabi, 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.
2. What is the size of an typical graduate course?
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 9-14 graduate student range, the ideal for student learning with a degree of diversity of thought and depth of education.
3. 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 and possible other forms of communication such as phone/skype/zoom/etc.. If you are unable to access your specific graduate faculty and need immediate attention, please see the Graduate Program Coordinator for your degree or the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies via the Graduate Studies Staff page or through the contacts page in the Shepherd University catalog.
Graduation and Alumni Experiences
1. Do I have to go through Commencement?
All graduate students are encouraged to attend the Commencement. A separate graduate ceremony is held in the morning before the undergraduate ceremony.
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. In addition to the career information page on each of the graduate degree program web pages.
3. What can I do as an alum of Shepherd University once I graduate with my graduate degree?
Please visit Shepherd Alumni.