ALUMNA, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM
When Kristin Evans was a Bowie State University graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in organizational communications, she knew that she wanted a career in teaching communications at the college level. “I always knew that I wanted to get my PhD,” she says. “I decided to get my master’s degree first, because I wasn’t sure what area of communications I wanted to focus on.” She sought a graduate program that would allow her to explore her academic interests in a close-knit academic environment. Bowie State University was a natural choice, she says, offering a respected communications program, convenience, and a supportive atmosphere.
Prior to receiving her master’s degree in spring 2008, Evans served as president of the Graduate Students Association. She also taught classes to undergraduates, supported faculty as a graduate teaching assistant, attended national conferences, and worked in the Office of Graduate Studies. “Bowie State’s size belies its wealth of opportunities for graduate students to expand their learning beyond the classroom,” Evans says. “I think that Bowie State actually offers more opportunities because it is small.”
She describes graduate students as motivated and future-oriented. “They are constantly asking, ‘What’s next? How do I get where I want to go?’ Our professors and the staff help us answer those questions,” she says. “There’s incredible interaction between students and faculty.” The BSU alumna is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a college in Connecticut.