Advanced Degrees are Increasing in Demand

In our tough economic climate, people are looking to get an edge over competitors, and that may mean getting a Master's degree. While an advanced degree does mean more income over a lifetime, it is also needed in many cases just to get a job.

Dr. Julia Porter, associate dean of the Division of Education at MSU Meridian, tells us, "Originally, a Bachelor's degree was the thing that opened the door. That was the credential that you needed in order to get a good job, and in today's job market, it's now a Master's degree to get the same type job, the same level that you had with a Bachelor's degree say 30 years ago."

Graduate schools look at three parts of the application process to determine who to accept, and the GRE is a major component.

"We have criteria that we use to determine whether applicants are qualified to pursue a graduate degree, and in most of the programs, a third of the evaluation is the GRE score, so it's a very important part of the program," says Porter.

The GRE, or Graduate Record Exam, is required of most graduate programs not in the business field. MSU Meridian wants to help those looking to obtain an advanced degree by holding a workshop on the GRE.

Dr. Vicki Gier, assistant professor of psychology at MSU Meridian, explains the impact of the workshop. "Students who have taken it before, and then taken it again are saying that their scores are improving. Also, students who are taking it for the first time after the workshop are feeling more confident going in there because they know that they have prepared well for it."

That workshop will be September 29 from 8am until 5pm. The cost is $40 for MSU students and $60 for non-students. For more information or to register, call 601-484-0298 or click on the link at the bottom of the article.