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Power in Purpose: How to Write a Statement of Purpose for Grad School

  April 09, 2024    

You’ve taken the GRE, researched your graduate program options, and started your application process. Now, it’s time to take on a task that you may have been putting off: writing your statement of purpose. 

Yes, your statement of purpose is an important part of your application to grad school, because it’s your chance to showcase your unique voice, experiences, and goals. But, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. 

In this blog, we’ll highlight the information you need to craft a strong...

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Topics: Graduate School Resources, WVU Admissions Resources

5 Things to Know About Online Grad School Programs

  April 05, 2024    

At West Virginia University, we get a lot of questions about attending graduate school online. So, based on those questions, here are five things we think you should know about the online student experience.

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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate School Resources, WVU Online Degree Programs

Do I Need to Take the GRE? Not for These 7 Programs

  November 02, 2023    

Many hopeful graduate students find themselves digging through a list of requirements, fees, supplemental essays, and interviews as they consider programs and universities. If you’re eager to get started on your next degree but the road to enrolling seems daunting, you might be looking for ways to minimize your stress. 

You’re wondering, “Do I need to take the GRE?” The answer is there are many programs that don’t require the GRE!

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Topics: GRE, WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate School Resources

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

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

Is a Social Science Degree Worth it Today?

  April 13, 2023    

Social science is an interdisciplinary field that weaves together the observation of human behavior and explores how to make sense of it. Social science includes fields such as economics, sociology, political science, and more. 

But in today’s STEM-focused world, is a social science degree worth it? 

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Topics: Graduate School, WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate School Resources

What is Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling?

  March 28, 2023    

For myriad reasons, millions of people struggle with mental and emotional health. But after thoughtful consideration, many of these people pursue professional help from skilled counselors in hopes of increasing their overall well-being.

Counseling jobs are diverse: a counselor might work in schools or hospitals, with children or adults, with marriages and families, or with those grieving or recovering from substance abuse. No matter what area a counselor decides to work in, their job requires...

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Topics: Graduate School, WVU Graduate Programs, Graduate School Resources

5 Reasons NOT to Involve Your Parents In Your Grad School Application Process

  February 07, 2023    

“Helicopter parenting” is a term recognized by most, but have you heard of “snowplow parenting?”

This usually begins when an over-parented child begins college, and the parent moves to the role of knocking out any obstacles that might come in the way of their child’s college experience.

As a graduate admissions director, I’m concerned over the increasing number of calls and emails I get from parents on behalf of their child. These check-ins vary from inquiries about graduate school application...

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Topics: Graduate School Resources

Need-to-Know Tips for How to Apply to Grad School

  December 13, 2022    

People choose graduate school for all sorts of reasons — to change careers, to upskill in hopes of landing a promotion, to nurture a love of lifelong learning — just to name a few.

But taking that next step and actually applying to graduate school can seem challenging to many.

While applying to grad school can feel daunting, you can take actionable, practical steps to make the application process easier and (nearly) stress free. So, let's explore

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Topics: Graduate School Resources

What Master’s Degree Can I Get With an Unrelated Bachelor’s?

  September 22, 2022    

Did you know that the average person will change careers 5-7 times over the course of their professional career?

Why do people change careers so often? 

There are various reasons why people change careers: from wanting a more lucrative salary to looking for a more fulfilling job. But especially since the global pandemic, the professional landscape has evolved, and people have shifted their career focus and have sought out more flexible and fulfilling options. 

The pandemic put things (both...

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Topics: Graduate School Resources


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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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