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The Benefits of Planning for Graduate School as an Undergraduate Student at Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 6, 2017 1:31:23 PM
Kelly Hart

Let’s face it: Everyone is out there looking for a job. It’s a crowded market and each student offers their own unique set of skills to give them an edge over the competition. However, employers aren’t just looking for someone who can get a job done. They are looking for someone who can help grow their company; someone who is willing to learn and improve over time. But how do you demonstrate that on a resume? Well, continuing your education with an advanced degree is one way. Let us show you how.

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There are plenty of benefits to continuing your education. For starters, it would allow you to focus. Unlike your time as an undergraduate, earning your graduate degree means that you would only study one specific field. That means more time for you; more time to connect with faculty, more time to study, and more time to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom on the job.

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So now that you know why you should pursue a graduate degree, why should you turn to Westfield State for help? Two words: accessibility and affordability.

Accessibility can mean a lot of different things, but at Westfield State, accessibility starts with the faculty, most of whom also instruct the undergrad programs.

“Most graduate faculty are full-time at the University, giving undergraduate students the opportunity to develop meaningful academic relations that will extend into their graduate program” says Jessica Tansey, the Director of Program Development and Outreach for Westfield’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education department. Which is good news since that means you’ll already be familiar with certain teaching styles and have developed relationships with your instructors.

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Accessibility also means time, as in your schedule. The team at Westfield State understands that most people working on a graduate degree also need to work. We offer many classes that start after 4 p.m. Plus, we offer later office hours, making it easy for you to balance both your education and your job. There are also hybrid programs that divide up classroom time and time spent learning online, so you can plan ahead for those times when you’ll have to be on campus.

There are also certain perks that former and current Westfield State students get when they choose to apply for one of the nine programs offered at the university. Most schools will require that you take the GRE or MAT exam to apply; Westfield State waives that requirement for past and current students that have at least a 3.5 GPA, making it that much easier to apply and enroll here.

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As far as affordability goes, the College of Graduate and Continuing Education prefers to work directly with individual students to help them meet their goals. “We’re a one-stop shop,” says Jessica. The department will help the student learn about programs, register for courses, request transcripts, and is open until 6 p.m. to accommodate late appointments. They will also guide students to the Financial Aid office for any assistance with financing their education, and to learn more about financing options available to continuing students.

There are a lot of reasons why you should choose to continue your education with Westfield State. Whether it’s the programs and faculty or the location and the students, learn more for yourself by requesting information or setting up an appointment to speak with your academic advisor today.

Topics: Choosing the right college, Career Services, Planning for Your Career, Graduate Programs at Westfield

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