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Ronald Roberts MTSU Alumni


Ronald Roberts

Mass Communication, B.S. '84; Administration and Supervision, M.Ed. '91

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking about graduate school? 

"Think about the benefits both personally and professionally.  Even though my master’s degree is in Education, a lot of the tools and skills I learned in classes have helped me throughout my career.  But you have to be serious about it.  Graduate school is not a place to experiment.  You need to be focused."

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Ben Burnley MTSU Alumni

Ben Burnley

Media and Communication, M.S. 2020

Burnley, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and received his master’s degree in media and communication last month from MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, has been accepted at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

His new awareness led him to enroll in MTSU’s Media and Communication Master’s Program, where his master’s degree research included his 2019 Scholars Week poster, “News Feeds and Salience: How Social Media Use Feeds News Awareness.”

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Jessica Prater MTSU Alum

Jessica Prater

Psychology, M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2010

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking about graduate school?

"The most important thing is to think about how graduate school will help advance your career. For me, I chose a program based on the outcomes I wanted for my career. There are many different paths, and clearly linking your studies with your goals will help lead to success. This means asking hard questions of yourself (what do I want to achieve?) and the programs you are considering (how does this program help get me there?). Also, NOW IS THE TIME to look at graduate school. An economic crisis is the perfect time to reskill and prepare for the next step."

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Von Richcreek MTSU Alumni

Von Richcreek

Liberal Studies, B.S., 2018; Professional Studies, M.P.S., 2020

“I appreciated the flexibility that the online courses provided,” Richcreek said. “Quitting my job to go back to school was not an option, and I’m glad that MTSU offered this opportunity.

“The professors were very skilled and knowledgeable, and my adviser was a huge help in determining exactly what courses to take and when. She was also extremely helpful in handling all of the little things that arose over the course of my degree program.”

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Calandra Sain MTSU Student

Calandra Sain

Accounting, B.B.A. 2018; Currently Enrolled in Master of Accountancy, M.Acc.


"I decided to choose MTSU for my graduate studies because I know the teachers care and the program is rigorous. I know once I complete my M.Acc. at MTSU I will be ready to face whatever challenges I may face in my career. Having only my undergraduate degree from MTSU, I have already received my first promotion on the job a year after graduation."

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Megan Vazquez MTSU Student and StaffMegan Vazquez

Spanish, B.A. 2012; Currently Enrolled in Master of Arts in Liberal Arts
Staff in University College

Advice to prospective students?

"Graduate school has been a great opportunity to further my education and make new friends. At first, I was intimidated by the thought of graduate school, but I am so happy I decided to enroll! If you are on the fence about enrolling, do not think, just do it! You will not regret it! This is a wonderful program! Everyone is super supportive of you and your goals. The instructors genuinely care about your learning. Dr. Janet McCormick, the director, is amazing! If you are looking for a program to help you advance in your career or simply looking to gain knowledge for personal growth, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program is a wonderful option! Take the first step – apply!"




Nosakhare Igie MTSU StudentNosakhare Igiee

Currently Enrolled in Chemistry, M.S.


"So many reasons! I am just going to list them out:

Low cost of graduate tuition 

Suitable advisor for my thesis research 

World class research facilities and faculty. (Trust me! You have everything you need for your research/study with an amazing support from the faculty member)

Availability of graduate assistantship 

Low cost of living in Murfreesboro. (A lovely town with amazing people)"

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