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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

How to Ask for a Professional Reference

For adult students, starting a search for a new job or a master's degree program can feel like adding another job to your already busy life. But, taking the time to do it right is critical. One huge part of your search process is ensuring you have people who can speak to your qualifications, skills, and abilities: these people are your professional references. You’ll want to start pulling together your references as soon as you’ve decided to initiate your search, as having this information up...
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Project Management Know-How: A Competitive Advantage

Project management today is seen as a core competency, allowing organizations to stay competitive in a fast-paced business environment. Projects and initiatives that fail to use a project management mindset can cost an organization money, time, and effort spent on false starts or projects that don’t align well with company goals. Without project management organizations may suffer from an increase in failed projects that never yield the anticipated outcomes or projects that are completed (often...
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Project Management Degree: Exploring Opportunity Across 5 Industries

There are few skills as versatile as those of a project manager. From good communication skills, to leadership, team management, organization, and risk assessment, a project manager’s expertise is necessary in industries ranging from nonprofits to health care. Project management can take you virtually anywhere; that’s why we offer and encourage the pursuit of a Project Management Master's Degree. But before jumping into, or switching, industries, it’s important to get a feel for the types of...
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Project Management Programs: 5 Free Tools to Save Time & Money

Project management plays a vital role in any organization—improving productivity, mitigating risk, and saving time and money. But good project management needs to be backed by the right software: software that meets your team's needs, but isn't offset by a price tag that busts your budget. For larger teams, paid software is usually the way to go. But if your team is smaller (around 1-15 members) there are a lot of project management programs out there capable of meeting your needs, at no cost....
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Your Graduate Capstone: An Opportunity to Make an Impact

Congratulations on starting your graduate degree program. You'll be immersed in what matters to you and your career, advancing your capabilities and knowledge in the field. Because master's-level coursework is so focused, you’ll be asked consider and start working on your graduate capstone at the very beginning of your program. Starting early will give you the opportunity to accumulate knowledge in each course and begin applying it to your final project as you go. Your ePortfolio During your...
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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. There needs to be balance among the two in order to move forward with your investment. Let's explore these two areas and extract six reasons why earning your master's degree is worth it! The Want 1. 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...
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Meet Our Program Director for the Master of Science in Leadership

We had a chance to sit with Kathy DesRoches, Program Director for our Master of Science in Leadership, 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 Hampshire Job Training Grants, which provided training for...
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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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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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