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Master’s degrees at GSC: the origins of our on campus and online graduate programs

Grad Alum, Elizabeth

Regina Rockwood’s employer strongly encouraged her to further her education.

Jason Smith, a director of a leading regional health care facility, wants to help his organization stay competitive and grow.

Mary Young is excited to expand her professional portfolio and she finds it invigorating to be back in the classroom.

It’s the classic Granite State College student story: “I need a degree to get ahead.”

What makes Regina, Jason, and Mary special is that they were each pursuing their master’s degree, a reflection of the evolving needs of the contemporary adult student.

Up until 2011, Granite State was fully focused on undergraduate programs. Today, we offer a selection of professionally-focused graduate degrees and we’re excited to build our programs.

We recently sat down with Dr. Scott Stanley, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and asked him about the evolution of our master’s degree programs and what it means to be among the nation’s top online graduate programs.

Inside the launch of project management

We carefully considered our options and chose to offer our first masters in Project Management because of its ability to develop high-level skills in a wide range of professional fields.

We didn’t want to be duplicative or redundant. Rather, we wanted to be responsive to our state’s workforce and deliver them the skills and credentials they need to strengthen their careers and job prospects. Ultimately, the Master’s degree program is closely aligned with the GSC mission: accessible, useful, innovative, and responsive.

One of our very first Project Management graduates told me that he chose GSC because it had so many facets within his career in health care management that he could apply in his everyday working environment. That’s the exact outcome we want for our graduate students.


The next step: leadership

When GSC was ready to expand and start its second program, Leadership was a natural fit. The program supports an action-learning model that gives students the opportunity to apply concepts and achieve measurable results in a way that connects core professional competencies to actual projects. The goal of the masters of leadership program is to create a transformative education experience that develops a personal brand of leadership, leverages the interdisciplinary backgrounds of the students, and builds versatile leadership abilities.

A new addition: management

The M.S. in Management is our third master’s program. It presents a continued focus on workforce demands and maximizing career possibilities for students.

Research shows that an individual with a bachelor’s degree in a content-specific area has limitations when they try to achieve a management position.

It gives a high-level, global perspective of management essentials and heavily emphasizes a full comprehension of management demands. This empowers students to meet challenges and advance their own careers.


Top ranking from U.S. News and World Report

Since the launch of our graduate programs, they’ve consistently been named to the U.S. News and World Report best online graduate business degrees.

Each day, we see and experience how the average college student is challenged by expensive tuition rates - a predicament that’s always a top concern for working adults. This drives our students to look at affordable online institutions, like Granite State College, and being recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report is a special honor.

The future of graduate studies at GSC

We identify what students are looking for and align their goals with what is going to add the most value to the workforce development goals of New Hampshire. This is where we’ve found our identity as an institution and where we’ll carve out our niche moving forward.

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