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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Personal Statement 101: Five Tips to Telling Your Story

  When reviewing personal statements, our program directors want to understand your intentions. They want to know how you will use the graduate program as an opportunity. Will you use it to improve yourself, or impact your personal effectiveness, or to attain specific professional goals? If you have never written a personal statement and are unsure of where to begin. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Here are five tips on writing a personal statement that will help us get to know you.  Start...
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Six Reasons to Return for Your Graduate Degree

Like any big purchase or time commitment, when you consider graduate school you are balancing the wants and needs.  The Want Learn more about your interests Everyone wants to devote more time towards their interests and returning for your master’s degree is the perfect opportunity to do that. Many people have used their capstone projects (link to capstone project blog) as a way to explore their interests and apply graduate level learning to positively affect their communities. Others use the...
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Meet Our Program Director for the Master of Science in Leadership

It's been three months since Kathy DesRoches stepped into the role of Program Director for our Master of Science in Leadership. We had a chance to sit with Kathy and learn more about her experience, special interests, and what excites her most about representing Granite State College. Tell us about your professional background. Prior to joining the Granite State, I worked at Manchester Community College (MCC) as the Director of Workforce Development where I connected numerous companies with New...
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Masters in Project Management earns GAC accreditation

It’s clear that we offer a stand-out masters in Project Management program by the impassioned and professional projects that our students put together. Now we have even more proof! It is with great pride that the Office of Graduate Studies announces that our Master of Science in Project Management has been awarded the GAC accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). What is GAC accreditation? First, it’s important to understand that as an institution is regionally accredited by...
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New master's degree! Introducing the MS in School Leadership

We are thrilled to introduce the latest additions to our graduate programs, the Master of Science in Instruction and Leadership and the M.S. in School Leadership offered with either School Librarian Certification or School Principal Certification. At the core of these programs is the belief that strong leadership is essential to transforming our schools. In a 21st-century environment, successful school leadership will largely depend on the vision of principals, excellent instruction in the...
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Inside our Master of Science in Leadership: Faculty and Winter classes

Remember when it was normal to work in the same job for 20+ years? That just isn’t our reality today. When you don’t plant roots at an organization for the long-term, sometimes it can be challenging to emerge as the leader that you want to be. This is just one reason why a master of science in leadership is valuable. By learning about organizational relationships, leadership models, project management, and change management, you’ll be able to serve as a leader wherever you land. What Mark...
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What is Project Management? And What Does a Project Manager Do?

The demand for project managers is growing throughout many industries: healthcare, finance, IT, etc. It's great to know that there is a major need for project managers, but what does a project manager actually do? What does a project manager do? A project manager handles all these aspects of the project. From getting issues resolved and getting problems out of the way of the project team. They don't only focus on the goal, but the process to get to that end goal. People often confuse daily work...
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Masters in Project Management student creates Resource Guide for Veterans

In front of an audience filled with Graduate Studies faculty, alumni, loved ones, and Granite State College staff, six graduate students presented their M.S. Capstone presentations. The students represented diverse industries, including education, marketing, nonprofit, public service, and entreprenurial startups. Among these students was Grisel, who is pursuing her masters in Project Management. Grisel's capstone chronicled her experience creating a guide with community resources to help...
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A look at the impact of our master degree programs in NH and beyond!

They’re protecting the natural resources in your neighborhood. They’re finding the right leadership prescription for today’s every-changing healthcare industry. They’re community champions who help connect young people to leadership opportunities. These are the students in our graduate programs and this is how they are making an impact in New Hampshire and beyond! Last week, the GSC community got to experience this impact when more than a dozen graduate students shared their Project Management...
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Granite Grad Uses Master's of Science in Leadership Degree to Inspire

  Siddartha's inspiration comes from helping others. For more than ten years, he worked for the New Hampshire National Guard: My whole career in the military has been about serving people in one way or another. When thinking about his personal and professional goals, he knew that a master's degree was a necessity. When choosing a graduate program, I originally considered social work, but I couldn't pay for it using my military benefits. The programs I was finding just seemed too "heavy" with...
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