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Graduate faculty members are committed instructors, experts in their fields and engaged in scholarship. We are proud of our outstanding graduate faculty who have assisted students like you advance in their careers. With an average of 13 students in our graduate classes, you will have plenty of opportunities to connect with your faculty mentors.
years or less
to your master's degree
"I've grown so much more than I knew I could as an interpreter and as a teacher, and I've become part of a supportive group of classmates, with whom I have had the opportunity to develop more than any of us could have alone. Amanda and Elisa (the coordinators) work diligently to be flexible enough to be sure that each student has the opportunity to make our coursework applicable and beneficial to what we're individually doing or hope to be doing in practice."
Emily Ott '12
MA: Interpreting Studies
"I've never had a bad experience with any faculty. They've all pushed me, challenged me, and made me a better person. I contribute a lot of my success to them. They genuinely care about your education and give you the time you need to do what you need to do," she said, adding that her professors are who she looks up to.
Alyssa McVay '12
MS in Rehabilitation Counseling
"I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? –General George S. Patton My motivation to keep pushing forward are the men and women veterans who have signed a blank check in order to protect the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted. Western Oregon University has given me the opportunity through the Criminal Justice program to give back to those men and women who need the support of the community."
Gerrad McElroy-Current Student
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
"In December 2014 Nathan started a new position in Information Technology at SAIF Corporation. The Management Information Systems program helped him learn to communicate and network effectively internally and externally in his career to overcome workplace challenges. Obtaining his graduate degree has substantially opened opportunities to advance in his career. Nathan Currently resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife who was also a Western Oregon University student."
Nathan Higginbotham '14
MS in Mgt. and Information Systems
Danielle Ambrose is the current University Registrar at California State University in Sacramento. "While the MS Ed: Info Tech program is geared towards teachers I found, as an Administrator in Higher Education, it provided me with many useful tools and skills that I can apply to what I do as an administrator. I have used what I have learned in the program to develop online training modules, created websites to assist in the facilitation and management of projects, and design engaging and effective methods of delivering information. I have discovered alternative ways to document and maintain policies and procedures to improve access to information and communication within my department. In addition, the program faculty are wonderful to work with and since I could take most of my classes online it worked perfectly with my busy schedule."
Danielle Ambrose '15
M.S. in Ed. Information Technology
"The Info Tech program at Western Oregon University, provided me the opportunity to explore a variety of technological tools and taught me ways of implementing these in an educational setting. What elevated the effectiveness of this program for me was the connection between the integration of technology and the authors explored, which provided a rich exploration of their thoughts and ideas behind the benefits, challenges, and dynamic interaction of man and technology."
Ana Butler '15
M.S. in Ed. Information Technology