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The Graduate College is now accepting applications for the Graduate Tuition Benefit for Spring 2016. The deadline is Monday, November 9. You must have a FAFSA form on file with the Financial Aid office to qualify for this benefit. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia programs are not eligible for the grant. In addition, graduate students receiving assistantships that offer tuition benefits or students classified as Distance Learning may not receive this grant.


Acclaimed Novel by MU Graduate Rajia Hassib

Rajia Hassib, who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall University, is attracting critical acclaim for her novel, In the Language of Miracles, published by Viking Press. Read more.

Marshall University Doctor of Physical Therapy program receives full accreditation.

The School of Physical Therapy has achieved full accreditation status for its Doctor of Physical Therapy program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Read more.

Charles and Norma Carroll make generous gift to support graduate student research.

Charles and Norma Carroll, longtime Huntington residents and benefactors to Marshall University, have made a generous financial commitment to the Marshall University Foundation Inc. to support graduate students. Read more.

Counseling Students Create Discussion Guide for The First 1,000 Days: Investing in WV Kids When it Counts.

Dr. Carol Smith, of the Counseling Department, led a group of Chi Sigma Iota Master’s level honors students in a partnership with Margaret Miller of West Virginia Public Broadcasting to create a discussion guide for The First 1,000 Days:  Investing in WV Kids When it Counts, produced by John Nakashima. Website: Read more.

Milken Educator Award Winner

In December 2014 Dr. Ernie Adkins, principal at Princeton Primary School, was named a Milken Educator Award winner and will receive a personal check for $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation. Read more.

Marshall’s English Graduate Students Earn Awards, Presentations, and Publications

Several students in the English MA program have had their works featured in national, regional, and local venues.

Lauren Tussey—pen name L.A. Ashby— has been published in Et Cetera (2009), S/tick (2014), and Alimentum: The Journal (2015). Most recently, Alimentum featured two of her poems and accompanying vocal tracks for each. Read and listen to her work at‚Äč.


Lauren Tussey

Andrea WilliamsHannah KittleAmber WrightHeather Ward, and Erica Law have been accepted to present at the Women and Gender in the Social and Natural Worlds: Rural Perspectives Conference. Steven SmithWard, and Law will also present at the West Virginia Association of College English Teachers (WVACET) Conference.

Grad story photo Law Williams Chen Wright

Erica Law, Andrea Williams, Yusi Chen, Amber Wright

Wright, Ward, and Law boast additional honors: Wright was selected as a program finalist in the AWP Intro Journals Project for her short nonfiction piece “Daddy Who Wakes Up with Fire in His Eyes.” Ward will present her research at the 2015 Women’s History Month Graduate Research Symposium. Law has been accepted into the highly competitive Literature for Children and Young Adults PhD program at The Ohio State University. She also had her poem “Birth to Monsters” published with S/tick (Winter 2014):

Yusi Chen had her research proposal “ESL Students’ Language Anxiety in In-Class Oral Presentation” accepted for the WV TESOL Conference.

Nathan Rucker is scheduled to present “The Function of Narrative:  Story, Control, and Gameplay in Irrational Games’ BioShock Infinite” at the Midwest Conference on Literature, Language and Media at Northern Illinois University. His paper looks at how narrative and gameplay interact within that video game.

Grad story photo Johnston Rucker Smith Ward Rakes

Andrew Johnson, Nathan Rucker, Steven Smith, Heather Ward, Zack Rakes

Rucker also joins Wright and Zack Rakes in producing a promotional video for the Marshall University Writing Center.

Additionally, TusseyWrightLaw, and Andrew Johnston have offered professionalization presentations to Marshall University students and faculty.


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Master of Public Health

Offering study towards the Master of Public Health (MPH)

Global and Community Health – A program designed to equip health professionals with skills in such areas as risk assessment, education, intervention, and program management, to meet the needs of communities facing health challenges, including those in resource-limited environments.

Research, Evaluation and Policy – This concentration provides advanced training in research and evaluation methods including biostatistics, analysis, and health policy, to enable graduates to produce systemic innovations in care delivery and value to ensure that health improvements are broadly achieved and sustainable.
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