By Trish Nguyen, Staff Writer—
On the afternoon of Oct. 30, the UTC Graduate School held their fall graduate school fair in the Tennessee Room of the University Center to showcase all the programs that the graduate school has to offer.
A representative from every graduate fair program available tabled for prospective students to learn more information about the programs, including information on admissions, tuition and curriculum.
Loren Bass is the recruitment and marketing coordinator for the graduate school and was involved in planning and logistics for this semester’s graduate fair.
“The purpose of the fair is to help professionals advance in their career. A lot of professionals with that master’s degree can either make more money or apply for higher positions, so we really want to promote programs and let people know what we have,” Bass said.
The event was open to the public, so both undergraduate students and professionals who were looking to further their education could attend.
Bass’s position was created to promote programs to not only prospective undergraduates from outside of UTC, but also members of the community too.
The list of offered programs has grown since the first post-baccalaureate degree was offered in 1942.
New programs continue to be formed, like the Masters of Physicians Assistant Studies, which is projected to become an option in 2021.
“All of our programs are pretty small, so everyone is able to get that individualized help that they need to advance in the program,” Bass said. “We focus a lot on retention, so once a student starts a program, we really try to help them finish the program.”
UTC’s graduate school offers some degree programs that are harder to find at other graduate schools in the region, like the Master’s of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program.
Prospective student Katie Cook is a nutrition major who is looking to pursue a Master’s degree in public health.
“It’s one of the only programs I can go to for what I want to do. There’s five or six other schools, but they are in Arizona or New York,” Cook said.
A big factor in choosing which graduate school is best suited for her is the tuition and what she will get from having a degree in that program, Cook said.
The Graduate School is in its fifth year hosting these graduate fairs, which was started by the previous interim Dean of the Graduate School Dr. J. Randy Walker.
Graduate fairs are hosted once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester.