Located in the city of Huntington, West Virginia is Marshall University where you’ll find a diverse and inclusive campus that invites all to its grounds. A graduate education here is research-driven yet student-centred, with a welcoming community and a long tradition of success.
Founded in 1837 and named after John Marshall, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1755-1835), Marshall maintains a strong mission based on three foundational values – to inspire learning and creativity that ignites the mind, nurtures the spirit and promises a better future.
Considered to be one of the most affordable universities in the US, Marshall believes education should be accessible to everyone. In Fall 2020, the university welcomed 11,962 students, including 254 international students from 56 countries.
Graduate students will especially benefit from a Marshall education. The university is awarded US$49.6 million in research funding annually, with Marshall researchers constantly striving to address today’s challenges and to improve the local quality of life. With over 20 centres and institutes, the university encourages hands-on learning and exposure to solving real-world problems.
Offering several master’s programmes such as MBA, Master of Science in Health Informatics, Master of Science in Information Systems,and Master of Science in Accountancy, Marshall delivers an education that will serve you now and throughout your lifetime, no matter what path you choose.
This rings true to their motto – “your success is our business.” Students won’t only receive an extraordinary college experience, but they will also take away an exceptional education. Marshall graduates are ready for the next steps life, whether it’s to pursue a research-based doctoral programme like the Doctor of Business Administration, to change careers, to master the one they are in, or to ascend to the leadership class.
Take Yuan Feng for example. Originally from China, the 25-year-old is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management here. Since arriving at Marshall, she has gained self-confidence, learned to be independent and grasped what it takes to work in teams.
“As an international student, I grew from being dependent on others to learning to organise my studies and life independently. Because of my weak English speaking skills, I also used to be very shy about talking to my classmates and professors. But I realised that most of my classmates and professors are very friendly to international students and are very patient in listening and guiding them,” she reflects.
“During my studies, I had to work with different students on group projects which made me realise the importance of communication and teamwork while working with others from various backgrounds.”
She’s now more confident and plans to return to China as a graduate to contribute to her country in the Human Resource field. “I think part of what I learned here was more practical, for example, we often simulated labour arbitrations, negotiations and bargaining. This will help me in my future career cause I won’t feel nervous or overwhelmed when I encounter similar jobs,” she shares.
There are more exceptional business graduate degrees at Marshall.
Marshall’s Master of Business Administration is perfect for those who have an existing background in business and are looking to hone their skills in management, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving. The rigorous curriculum focuses on applying theory to real-world practice — an approach that produces individuals ready to meet the current needs and changing demands of the global marketplace.
Apart from the core curriculum, students can specialise in a concentration by taking two electives that best fit their interests. Some of these subjects include: accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing and supply chain management.
The accredited and interdisciplinary Master of Science in Health Informatics programme is the only of its kind in West Virginia. It combines healthcare and technology and is considered a STEM programme. Students gain an intersectional study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based technologies in healthcare and other industries.
The Master of Science in Information Systems programme offers students an immersive experience that blends business, information technology and the human element. Here, students gain a holistic view on how individuals and organisations can make data valuable.
As graduates, they will be able to use information technology to improve organisational effectiveness, and manage complex business and information system challenges all while applying skills in design thinking, critical thinking and problem solving to assist organisations to meet the needs and demands of the market.
The MS in Accountancy programme prepares students to successfully enter the profession while satisfying the requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant. Available in both online and physical classes, the programme features professional accounting research methods using electronic databases as well as computer auditing techniques.
Courses offered include Audit Theory and Practice, Advanced Controllership, Auditing Accounting Information Systems, Advanced Income Tax Procedure, Professional Development and Ethics in Accounting, Government and Business Relationships, and more.
Whichever graduate programme you choose, you’ll be pushed to go further and do better while being fully accepted for who you are. Pair that with a safe environment, immense guidance and deep resources, and you’ll learn how to come out of your shell and realise your full potential.
If this is the path you seek, learn more about graduate admissions here.