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Graduate Programs Highlighted At SIUE Open House

(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Applying to graduate school may seem daunting but Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will help take away some of the mystery during an open house in two sessions from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The Second Annual Graduate Programs Open House at SIUE will give prospective students the facts about the 69 graduate programs offered at SIUE.

Conducted in Goshen Lounge, on the first floor of SIUE's Morris University Center, the open house will provide information about graduate admission requirements such as deadlines and standardized tests, as well as graduate education financing options, graduate assistantships and competitive graduate awards. Graduate programs at SIUE are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing, according to Stephen Hansen, dean of the SIUE Graduate School. "SIUE offers a unique learning environment where students have the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished faculty who are engaged in their scholarship.

"Our students also gain practical knowledge, as well as practice in their chosen fields."

For the second consecutive year, SIUE has been ranked among the top 10 Public Universities Midwest-Master's category by U.S.News and World Report. In addition, the news magazine ranked SIUE in the top third of all public and private master's level universities in the Midwest. Rankings are based on several criteria, including a peer assessment by university administrators. "SIUE offers opportunities far beyond an undergraduate education," said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of Admissions and Academic Marketing and the open house coordinator. "In addition to some of our more popular graduate programs, like the MBA and public administration, we offer some very specialized programs, such as art therapy counseling and a master's in marketing research, one of just a few in the nation.

"A few more years of study can make a world of difference to a career.""

Free parking for the Oct. 16 event is available in Lot B, next to the Morris University Center.

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