The College of Communication and the Arts will host an interactive discussion for prospective students to gain insight into its Graduate Studies programs during the University’s Graduate Open House on Saturday, February 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Duffy Hall Room 61.
Dr. Ryan Hudes, assistant dean of graduate studies, and several stewards from the Communication and Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA), representative of each of the College’s degree programs, will share best practices for applying to graduate school and offer tips for finding and securing a graduate assistantship. The discussion will be moderated by McKenna Schray, graduate experience facilitator. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to the conversation about Graduate Studies in general and its Museum Professions, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication programs.
Hudes hopes attendees will leave the program feeling more knowledgeable about graduate school and confident that the College is ideal for them.
“The University’s Graduate Open House is an ideal opportunity for prospective students to experience Seton Hall and learn more about our College’s academic programs,” Hudes said. “Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore financing options, interact with faculty, learn more about career services, and take a campus tour.”
Prospective students can also learn about the College’s graduate programs from 12-2 p.m. at the University’s Open House in Bethany Hall. Attendees will have the chance to interact with College administration, faculty, and current students, take a guided campus tour, and learn about financial planning options. Registration for Open House is encouraged and can be completed here. An application fee waiver will be issued to all attendees who sign-in at the Open House and then start a new application for a program.
Olivia Lason ’17, a Public Relations student and CAGSA steward who will be part of the College’s panel discussion, said she is looking forward to providing firsthand advice to prospective students. She also shared that the CAGSA stewards in attendance will be happy to answer further questions and discuss graduate student life after the event.
“The CAGSA is excited to meet and interact with prospective students,” said Lason, who is also a graduate assistant for the College. “We look forward to sharing information about the graduate experience from application to graduation.”
The interactive discussion is the CAGSA’s latest initiative. In January, it hosted a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students. Looking ahead, the association plans to implement a range of programming and initiatives throughout the Spring 2018 semester including a mentoring program for dual-degree students and an end-of-year barbeque.
Formed in Fall 2017, the CAGSA works to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in the communication- and arts-related disciplines. To that end, the CAGSA serves all Communication and Arts graduate students with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.