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Beyond the Grades – What Do Grad Schools Look For?

  October 06, 2023    

There are misconceptions about what makes a good graduate application.

When choosing a graduate school and when navigating the graduate school admissions process, hopeful students can submit (in addition to undergraduate transcripts) other program-specific materials, which may include interviews, portfolios, résumés, test scores, recommendations, and essays.

Though high grades and test scores are highly commendable, the true picture of an individual is revealed in these supplemental...

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Topics: Graduate School Resources

The Best Medical Careers That Aren't MD or RN

  September 27, 2023    

When it comes to pursuing a career in the medical field, many people start with what’s familiar: MD or RN. 

However, the world of healthcare offers a wide range of rewarding and in-demand careers beyond these two traditional paths. Let’s explore some of the best medical careers that aren't MD or RN, highlighting professions like physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), physician assistant (PA), pathologist assistant (MHS), and audiologist (AuD). 

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Topics: Alternative Careers, Career Options, WVU Graduate Programs

What’s New at WVU? AI Research and Supernovas

  September 19, 2023    

Timothy Faerber, a WVU graduate student, and Professor Loren Anderson study supernova remnants to further understand the properties and dynamics of the galaxy. (WVU Photo/Nathaniel Godwin)The academic year is in full swing at WVU and with the new year comes continued progress in R1 research, student achievements, and exciting alumni news.

Dead stars cast long shadows: WVU astronomer hunts for glowing ghosts of supernovas

A West Virginia University astronomer is on a mission to uncover the...

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Topics: Graduate School, WVU Graduate Programs

What’s New at WVU? R1 research, new leaders, and NSF fellowships

  August 24, 2023    

Kourtney Dalzell, a doctoral student at West Virginia University, examines the image of a spherical microparticle of gunshot residue. (WVU Photo/Matt Sunday)

Here’s a recent number of exciting news stories at WVU making headlines. From new research breakthroughs to student achievements, there was something for everyone to celebrate. Read the recap of novel developments in R1 research, graduate school leaders, and award-winning Mountaineers.

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Topics: Graduate School, WVU Graduate Programs

WVU Today: WVU breaks record for externally supported expenditures

  August 17, 2023    

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Topics: Graduate School, WVU Graduate Programs, Funding Your Graduate Education

9 Master’s Degrees that Don't Require a Specific Bachelor’s Degree

  July 25, 2023    

Many college students do it — they enter their undergraduate studies with a vague idea of what they want to major in. Then once they’re too far in they realize maybe that wasn’t the right plan. Some find out later after they’ve already started working, that the career they chose as young adults isn’t a good fit. 

If this sounds like you and your bachelor’s degree doesn’t take you into the field you’d really like to make a career in, it’s time for a career change. The best way to signal to...

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs

Here’s How to Improve Your GRE Score

  July 18, 2023    

If you're pursuing a graduate degree, you've heard how important the GRE score is for some programs. Getting a higher GRE score can improve your chances of getting accepted into your dream graduate school and program.

Pro Tip: Check if WVU requires the GRE for your preferred program. Maybe you’ve just received your scores and you’re not happy with the results. How can you improve your GRE score to stand out among other applicants? It won’t happen overnight, but we have some tips for improving...

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Topics: GRE, Graduate School

Is an Online Degree Worth It? 7 Reasons to Choose Online Grad School

  July 05, 2023    

Accelerated by the pandemic, the future of graduate education is now and unsurprisingly, it’s online. Predictions made by higher education experts indicate a sweeping movement to engage and embrace online learning. Since the end result is the same — a diploma and career advancement — which platform of learning is right for you and your needs? And is an online graduate program worth it for you?

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs

11 Frequently Asked Questions About Taking the GRE

  June 14, 2023    

Navigating all of the online and print resources related to the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) can be daunting, to say the least.

But the Admissions professionals here at West Virginia University scoured the web and focused on finding out what questions most aspiring graduate students have regarding the GRE (and answered them below!) so that you can focus your time and energy on actual GRE test prep instead of spending hours figuring out how to prepare.

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Topics: Standardized Test Prep

Why Is Storytelling Important in Marketing Communications?

  June 08, 2023    

As consumers living in an interconnected world, we are constantly inundated with brands’ messaging in countless forms — commercials, sponsorships, billboards, email promos, digital ads, and more.

But because we are existing in an overwhelmingly information-filled era, much of the messaging we encounter actually goes unnoticed by us. So, how should marketing communications professionals best address this challenge?

In today’s oversaturated world of messaging, it is absolutely critical for ...

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate School Resources, Integrated Marketing Communications, Data Marketing Communications

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Deciding what graduate school to attend can be daunting at times, and navigating the admissions process can be that much more difficult. We hope to make the journey from considering graduate school to enrolling in a graduate program easier by publishing content that will be helpful to you as you discern if, when, and where, to pursue your next degree.

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