AU Prepares Students for Graduate School

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University is proud to prepare students for a life of faith and service in the church and society. What comes after graduation will vary for each individual. For some, it means going on to do graduate study, and AU has seen its students continue their education in a wide variety of fields, including:

Caroline Hypes BA ’18, a biology major, started a physician’s assistant graduate program at Kettering College for the Medical Arts (Ohio) after commencement in May.

Sarah Lozano BA ’18 studied psychology during her time at AU. She was accepted into the Master of Psychology program at Illinois State University and also obtained a teaching assistantship as a first-year student.

Christina Nesslage BA ’18 studied public relations at AU with a Christian ministries complementary major. She will be attending graduate school at Duke University Divinity School to earn her Master of Divinity in the fall.

Nesslage says, “AU gave me space to learn about public relations and Christian ministries, in an environment where I never felt like the two were ever in conflict.” She also feels that the AU’s faculty members prepared her well for her future in graduate school.

“Faculty at AU, especially in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, really helped to open doors to scholars and authors who do amazing work in the field of religious studies. These men and women are so committed to their fields of study that they work hard to share it with students so that those students also become excited about their studies,” she says, calling their passion “both educational and inspiring.”

Currently, Nesslage’s plan is to pursue pastoral ministry after completing her Master of Divinity from Duke, and she says, “Right now I feel very strongly led towards becoming a pastor, but I am also open to whatever God is calling me to.”

No matter where she is called to serve, she says “I am excited to continue school to earn my Master of Divinity because of the seeds so many faculty members planted and helped me to cultivate.”

Each year, the Center for Career and Calling conducts a survey for undergraduates on their first destination after AU. In 2017, they had a 95.59% response rate out of 363 graduates. Of those who reported, 54 went on to pursue continuing education, which comes to a total percentage of 15.56%.

Anderson University offers graduate studies in business (Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration), master’s degrees in theology (Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theological Studies), a Master of Music Education, and the Transition to Teaching program. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies at AU, you can learn more from our Admissions Graduate Studies office.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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