Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

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Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a wide array of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of your busy schedule. You won’t just listen to lectures. You’ll learn from expert practitioners, be guided by world-class faculty mentors, work in your field, hone your skills and accelerate your career. We prepare students for the real world IN the real world.

Drew offers you an affordable degree with merit-based scholarships and scholarships for educators, healthcare professionals and life-long learners. In fact, over 92% of our graduate students qualify for scholarships or other financial assistance.

The humanities, which cultivate a deep commitment to critical reflection and analysis, form the basis and enrich all of our graduate programs. Mastering these essential skills ensures the remarkable versatility and resourcefulness which distinguishes our graduates. With a humanities-based graduate education from Drew, you will be ready for anything!


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We welcome you to determine if Drew is the right fit for you. Join us for a personal consultation with our admissions staff to learn more about our many graduate programs, our faculty and the admissions process.

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When Kaitlyn Veliz C’22, G’23 was looking to transfer from Union County College four years ago, she felt an immediate draw to #DrewU.

“From the moment I expressed interest in attending Drew, the faculty and staff demonstrated a genuine desire to help me get there,” she said. “I knew the class sizes would be small and that I wouldn’t be just another student to my professors. They’d know exactly who I was.”

Kaitlyn had such a positive undergraduate experience at Drew that she decided to stick around The Forest for another year. She has enrolled in Drew’s 4+1 dual-degree program in finance where she will earn her Master of Science in Finance at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

“Professor [Steve] Firestone [Assistant teaching professor of finance and director of the MFin program] is someone who has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure I’m successful in any path I choose,” Kaitlyn said.

The full article can be read by clicking on our #Linktree.
#MFin #MSFinance #Finance #NewJersey #NJ #GraduateSchool

Dr. Nancy Vitalone-Raccaro, Associate Teaching Professor of Education, has been awarded as the Thomas H. Kean Scholar / Mentor of the Year Award.

One student commented that Dr. Vitalone-Raccaro “has positively impacted my graduate experience here at Drew University. She was always available for guidance and support throughout the planning phases of my Inquiry Project. If it wasn’t for Dr. Vitalone-Raccaro, I wouldn’t be where I am today!”

Another student wrote, “It is so clear that she is passionate about training the next generation of teachers. She was always very approachable, adaptable, and open when it came to student discussions.”

Dr. Vitalone-Raccaro is the coordinator of the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement, club advisor to the undergraduate Connect with Kids group, and organizes the Drew Writing Project school partnerships.

Congratulations, Dr. Nancy Vitalone-Raccaro, on this recognition from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies!

What does it mean to have rolling admissions at Caspersen at #DrewU?

We accept applications all year round!

Whether you're applying today or in a few months, we are happy to assist with the application process.

At the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, we have a simple application:
-Complete the online application
-Submit transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education
-Submit a personal statement of interest in your program at Drew
-Have two people write letters of recommendation
-Submit test scores or a CV / resume if requested

It's as simple as that! Email our office at at any time with questions. Find the link to apply for our masters or doctoral programs in our Linktree.

Alums, sign up now for the Caspersen Coffee House during Alumni Weekend! We'll gather on the Ehinger Center patio on Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT.

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Alum Council presents an open-mic style event. Gather to read original poetry, excerpts from your published books or manuscripts, play instruments, sing, dance–OR–just join to listen to others and mingle with your fellow alums.

College and Theological School alums are welcome to participate. Sign up at the link in bio; it is required in advance so the Alum Council can schedule the order of performances.

#DrewU is the proud home of Special Collections and University Archives, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center.

Students and community members have the opportunity to visit the archives, just as this class recently explored medieval personal metalwork objects from the Yuan Dynasty, known as “Nestorian Crosses.”

Read more at the link in our bio about what Drew University has to offer for lovers of art, history, theology, and more!
#NewJersey #NJ #GradSchool #SpecialCollections #Archives

#DrewU has launched two new undergraduate education minors, one in Education and Society and another in Teaching.

The new teaching minor prepares students to enter Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program to become a certified public school teacher in New Jersey. The curriculum counts for both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree as part of the 4+1 Teaching Dual-Degree program.

“After 15 years certifying teachers in New Jersey through the Master of Arts in Teaching program, we are excited to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to study the field of education through the new minors,” said Kristen Turner, Professor and Director of Teacher Education.

Keep reading in our #Linktree.
#NJ #NewJersey #Education #Teaching #TeacherEd #TeacherEducation

The Center for Career Development (CCD) at #DrewU does more than help students with their after-graduation plans; they work with students throughout their time at Drew, with the Drew community needing professional attire through the Career Closet, and with alums making career changes or needing a fresh set of eyes on a resume.

“We don’t just want students to get a degree,” said Chris Carbone, the CCD's Director. “We want students excited for a fulfilling life post-graduation, and it’s our job to help them get there, regardless of where they are in their Drew journey.”

Helping students and alums define and progress toward their goals starts with new career development events, programs, resources, and a custom tailored approach, with everything aimed at meeting individuals where they are, and then providing the support to get them where they want to be.

Read more about the CCD at the link in our bio, or reach out to the office through Handshake or in Sycamore Cottage.

#DrewU’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies hosted #WomenInSTEM, a deep dive into Drew’s Master of Science in Data Analytics from a woman’s perspective.

Today, men greatly outnumber women in the field of data analytics. But the demographics are quickly changing, offering more opportunities for women to enter the field.

Ellie Small, Norma Gilbert junior assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, has been in computer science for over 40 years. “The attitude towards women has changed significantly over the years, and that’s a very good thing,” she said.

Read the full article in our #Linktree!
#GradSchool #DataAnalytics #MSDataAnalytics #NewJersey

The NJ Dept. of Education cites that 56% of the state's students are of color, yet only 16% of NJ teachers are people of color.

#DrewU’s CSGS Teacher Education program is committed to fostering change in the field of education by working to diversify New Jersey’s teacher population.

Dr. Cathryn Devereaux, pictured, is Assistant Professor of Education at Drew, and she is leading an ethno-racial diversity initiative as chair of the Diversity Collaborative Committee in Drew's teacher education department.

Read more about Dr. Devereaux's interesting work at the link in our bio! Find more information about Drew's MAT and MEd in our #Linktree.
#Teacher #Education #NJ #NewJersey #MAT #MEd

When COVID-19 hit the pause button on the world just as Nick Caicedo C’20, G’21 was set to graduate from #DrewU, he decided to stick around to earn a masters degree.

With a bachelor’s degree in business in hand, Caicedo took advantage of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies‘ expanding Master of Science in Finance offering.

“It was a no brainer,” he said. “The relationships and experiences I made as an undergrad made Drew feel like home, and the fact I could do an accelerated one-year program solidified my decision.”

Congratulations to Nick Caicedo on his life after Drew, one of our many proud #MFin alum!
#MSFin #Finance #NewJersey #GradSchool

Did you know…

🏠 Caspersen Open House is in less than two weeks?
📝 The schedule has just been released?
👨🏾‍🏫 Virtual classes range from “Addiction and Recovery Narratives” to “Teaching Tough History for Educators”?
💥 We offer degree programs in seven disciplines?
🙇🏽‍♀️ Anyone interested in graduate studies would be a perfect candidate for Open House?

It’s all true! Register for Caspersen Virtual Open House at the link in our bio.

Dr. Merel Visse, Associate Professor and Director of #DrewU's Medical and Health Humanities program, and Drew Fellow Bob Stake talked about the art of caring in the Ukraine-Russia war in a new Drew story.

"Ukrainians and Russians know well the price of war. Some of the great works of literature were written about it. What is it like to live through war, fleeing, suffering? Wondering about this is a moral appeal to us all. What does it mean to survive instead of live, to be ripped away from embrace and shelter?," they asked.

Read the full article in our #LinkTree.
#MedHum #MedicalHumanities #HealthHumanities #GradSchool

Samantha Strathern C’20, G’21 knows a thing or two about saving time and money.

Strathern is a recent alum of Drew’s Teaching Dual-Degree program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from #DrewU and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew - and she did it in only five years!

“Being able to complete my master’s degree in one year rather than two assisted with the financial and timing aspects of my education, especially being a first-generation college student. Plus, I knew I was receiving a high-quality education from the faculty in Drew’s teacher education program. My education-related experiences as an undergraduate—guest speakers, school visits, talking with teachers—all helped to solidify my choice to become a teacher,” she said.

Read more about Strathern and her path to teaching in the article found in our #Linktree.
#MAT #Teacher #Education #NewJerseyTeachers #GradSchool

Dr. Jonathan Golden, #DrewU Director of the Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict, discussed the application of conflict resolution practices on the Ukraine-Russia war.

"Are peace and justice one and the same? Do they always go hand-in-hand? Are there cases where it can be difficult to have a full realization of both?" Dr. Golden asked. Find the full article in our #Linktree.
#ConflictResolution #GradSchool

Nick Russo C’13, G’14 discovered a passion for writing in his senior seminar class, which led to him pursuing his MAT in secondary education.

“I was offered admission to Columbia’s M.A. in higher education, but I decided to stay at Drew for one more year in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies—best decision!” he said.

Russo is now associate director and advising dean for the undergraduate program in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Read more about Russo’s story in our #Linktree.
#DrewU #MAT #Teacher #Education #GradSchool

The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies presents an informative discussion on our Data Analytics masters degree program from a female perspective.

Learn from Data Analytics faculty, students, and alumnae about what sparked their interest, obstacles endured, and where they are now! Link to register in our #Linktree.

#DrewU #WomenInSTEM #STEM #DataAnalytics #GradSchool

Caspersen alum, Wendy Barnes G'16, has won the #JuniperLiteraryPrize in Poetry for her book, "Landscape with Bloodfeud." Barnes turned her D.Litt. dissertation into this award-winning debut book.

“The award means that I have an audience, that I am no longer just having a conversation with myself and the few friends I talk poems with,” Barnes said. “And that spurs further work and conversation and community.”

As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, we congratulate Wendy Barnes on this fantastic achievement!
#ArtsAndLetters #DLitt #Poetry

The best part of my experience at Drew was the connections I made. I was fortunate enough to meet some phenomenal professors and mentors during my time in the program and I look forward to continuing those relationships going forward. Drew classmates were also really easy to get along with and provided diverse perspectives from a variety of backgrounds.”
—Jack Hounsell G’20, Energy Analyst, NUS Consulting Group

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