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  1. Welcome to Admitted Students Q&A Presented by the Office of Graduate Studies, International Affairs, and the Council of Graduate Students

  2. Meet Our Presenters Dr. Venkat Allada Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Elaine Light Program/Project Support Specialist – Office of Graduate Studies Gene Beyer Assistant Director of International Affairs

  3. Why Graduate School There are several things to think about when you consider graduate school such as your career interests/goals, pay scale, and job market. Career Goals: • PhD:  Freedom to develop your own research ideas and pursue them.  A career in academia is an option if you are interested.  There are certainly non-faculty positions for PhDs as well. • MS:  Gives you the option of working in industry, often in higher titled/paying positions and with more challenging responsibilities. 

  4. Why Grad School Continued… Further more, there is a predicted 22% increase in occupations requiring a PhD between 2006 and 2016.  Likewise there is an expected 20% increase in those requiring a Master's. Source: Council of Graduate Schools Pay Scale  Median Salary: Doctorate:  $80,860 Master's:  $63,856 Bachelor's:  $50,856 Job Market 2008 unemployment rates: Bachelor's:  2.8% Master's:  2.4% Doctorate:  2.0%

  5. Why Grad School Continued… In general, a graduate education offers the following benefits: • A more flexible and customizable education focused on your area of interest • The opportunity to work closely and collaborate with faculty • More interaction with other disciplines in interdisciplinary research • Graduate study provides a broader framework for problem solving.  A BS prepares you to solve problems.  A grad degree teaches you to determine the problem and then solve it. • Higher salary • More freedom in research • BS provides a general education in your field - graduate degrees offer a more focused and in depth look at a particular area • Improves communication skills as you prepare to defend your thesis/dissertation. Source: Council of Graduate Schools

  6. About Rolla/Missouri S&T

  7. About Our Campus S&T’s 284-acre campus is located in Rolla, MO, a town of 16,000 in the heart of the Ozarks. The university is home to 46 research and academic support centers. We enroll more than 6,100 students, approximately 1600 of which are graduate students. The S&T campus is located within walking distance of a grocery store, downtown shops, and housing.

  8. Fast Facts • 34 Graduate Certificates offered • 28 Master’s Programs offered • 20 PhD programs offered • 11 degrees offered entirely on-line • 175 classes offered on-line • 26% female, 74% male • 8% underrepresented minorities • 54% international students • 999 students from 50 countries

  9. Rankings • 52nd among the nation’s best engineering schools (U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges Guidebook 2008”) • A top-20 program for “best career/job placement” (The Princeton Review, 2008) • Career Fair with over 300 employers represented • 5 of Missouri S&T’s graduate programs were ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 2009.

  10. 12 State of the Art Interdisciplinary Research Centers Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration (CBTRR) Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) Center for Excellence for Aerospace Particulate Emissions Reduction Research (CEAPERR) Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES) Energy Research & Development (RERDC) Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants (ERC) Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) Materials Research Center (MRC) Missouri Transportation Institute (MTI) Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center (RMERC) Technology Transfer and Economic Development University Transportation Center (UTC)

  11. About Rolla Rolla is a city of about 18,000 located right in the middle of Missouri less than 100 miles from St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia and Springfield. In fact, our slogan is "The Middle of Everywhere" and it's very nearly true. http://www.rollacity.org/ http://www.rollanet.org/

  12. Programs Offered Aerospace Engineering (MS/PhD) Applied & Environmental Biology (MS) Applied Math (MS/MST/PhD) Biomaterials (MS) Business Administration (MBA) Ceramic Engineering (MS/PhD) Chemical Engineering (MS/PhD/DE) Chemistry (MS/PhD) Civil Engineering (MS/PhD) Computer Engineering (MS/PhD/DE) Computer Science (MS/PhD) Electrical Engineering (MS/PhD/DE) Engineering Management (MS/PhD) Environmental Engineering (MS/PhD) Geological Engineering (MS/ME/PhD/DE) Geology and Geophysics (MS/PhD) Nuclear Engineering (MS/PhD/DE) Petroleum Engineering (MS/PhD/DE) Physics (MS/PhD) Systems Engineering (MS/PhD) Technical Communication (MS/MA) Information Science & Technology (MS) Manufacturing Engineering (MS/ME) Math/Statistics (MS/PhD) Mechanical Engineering (MS/PhD) Materials Science & Engineering (MS/PhD) Metallurgical Engineering (MS/PhD) Mining Engineering (MS/ME/PhD/DE)

  13. Admissions Requirements • Please note these are the general requirements. The requirements for a specific program may vary slightly, so please check the department websites for requirements for your program.

  14. Admissions Process

  15. Funding

  16. Q: How can I find information on assistantship, fellowship and scholarships? A: All funding decisions are made directly by the academic departments, so I encourage you to contact the graduate staff person in your department for further information on how they make those decisions and what steps you should take to be considered for financial assistance.

  17. Q: What is a TA A: Teaching Assistantship (TA) is a source of funding that is offered to graduate students. The student is required to assist in the teaching of undergraduate courses in their discipline. TAs receive a stipend and their out-of-state fees are waived. These positions are usually only offered to international students after their first semester.

  18. Q: What is a RA A: Research Assistantship (RA) is a source of funding that is offered to graduate students. The student is required to assist in performing research for a particular grant the professor has received. RAs receive a stipend of .25 FTE or more and their out-of-state fees are waived.

  19. Q: What is the difference between doing research and being an RA? A: All students writing a thesis/dissertation are required to do research. RAs receive a stipend and out-of-state tuition waiver to do their research, but they are restricted to working on whatever research the grant is supporting.

  20. Q: How can I get a RA/TA position? A: RA positions are offered by individual faculty to assist them with a specific research project. Contact the graduate staff person in your department to find out how to apply for such positions. The practice of mass-emailing every faculty person in a department in strongly discouraged and is often counterproductive. TA positions are usually awarded by the department. Visit with the graduate staff person in your department to learn their process for applying for these positions.

  21. Estimated Cost of Attending http://sfa.mst.edu/costs/index.html

  22. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have at mstgrad@mst.edu

  23. Housing Options • On-Campus • Off-Campus On-campus housing is available, but most of our students choose to live off-campus.

  24. http://reslife.mst.edu/hallsapts/living_areas.html

  25. Off-Campus Housing If you prefer to live off campus there are ample housing opportunities within easy walking distance. International Orientation is an excellent time to meet other students looking for roommates.

  26. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have at mstgrad@mst.edu

  27. I-20

  28. Q: When will I receive my I-20? A: See Chart Below

  29. Q: Do I need an additional I-20 for my family? A: Yes. Please contact the International Affairs Office at ia@mst.edu and they can assist you.

  30. Q: Can I pay my SEVIS fee without my I-20 with me? A: No, you will pay your SEVIS fee after receiving your I-20.

  31. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have at mstgrad@mst.edu

  32. Academics

  33. Q: What is a credit hour? A: A credit hour is the number of hours each week you should expect to spend in the classroom* for a particular course. Most of our courses are 3 credit hours. *Please understand that this does not include the time you will spend out of class studying and completing assignments.

  34. Q: How many credit hours should a master’s student take their first semester at Missouri S&T? A: This is a decision your advisor will help you make after you arrive. To be considered full-time you are required to take 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.

  35. Q: How many credit hours should I take? A: 9 credit hours is considered full-time for the Fall and Spring semesters. Some students take up to 12 credit hours. We do not encourage you to take more than 12 hours as the courses will be vigorous.

  36. Q: Can I work on my dissertation/research while completing my coursework? A: In many cases it is possible, but we encourage you to discuss this possibility with your advisor.

  37. Q: How many credit hours will I need to get my degree? A: M.S. – the minimum number of credit hours is 30. Ph.D. – the minimum number of credit hours is 72 beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  38. Q: How long will it take to get my degree? A: Assuming satisfactory progress is made… M.S. – approximately 2 years Ph.D. – varies by discipline Ex: approximately 3 ½ -4 years (for engineering disciplines)

  39. Other Questions

  40. Q: Do my immunization requirements need to be complete before coming to Missouri S&T or can I take of that after I arrive? A: All of your immunizations can be administered for free at our Student Health Center after you arrive. If you choose to get them before coming to the United States please bring your shot records with you so we can verify that you have received them.

  41. This concludes the formal presentation part of this webinar. Please feel free to send any additional questions you have to us via chat and we will be happy to answer them.

  42. Thank you for attending today. If you have other questions please send us an email at mstgrad@mst.edu

  43. Nick Codutti Why MO S&T? Expanding my horizons using the network Missouri S&T provides to you and the credibility of the school. August was my first month here and by September I had companies interviewing me based on the same degree I had …that wouldn’t have looked at me without S&T on my resume.

  44. Pay ScaleMedian Salary: Doctorate:  $80,860 Master's:  $63,856 Bachelor's:  $50,856

  45. Job Market 2008 unemployment rates: • Bachelor's:  2.8% • Master's:  2.4% • Doctorate:  2.0%

  46. Fast Facts • 34 Graduate Certificates offered • 28 Master’s Programs offered • 21 PhD programs offered • 11 degrees offered entirely on-line • 175 classes offered on-line • 26% female, 74% male • 8% underrepresented minorities • 54% international students • 896 students from 50 countries

  47. Rankings • 52nd among the nation’s best engineering schools (U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges Guidebook 2008”) • A top-20 program for “best career/job placement” (The Princeton Review, 2008) • Career Fair with over 300 employers represented • 5 of Missouri S&T’s graduate programs were ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for 2009.

  48. Pay ScaleMedian Salary: Doctorate:  $80,860 Master's:  $63,856 Bachelor's:  $50,856

  49. Fast Facts • 34 Graduate Certificates offered • 28 Master’s Programs offered • 21 PhD programs offered • 11 degrees offered entirely on-line • 175 classes offered on-line • 26% female, 74% male • 8% underrepresented minorities • 54% international students • 896 students from 50 countries

  50. Job Market 2008 unemployment rates: • Bachelor's:  2.8% • Master's:  2.4% • Doctorate:  2.0%