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Graduate school increasingly important

As graduate education increasingly becomes a necessity for career advancement, Dr. Deborah E. Arfken, Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) noted Governor Phil Bredesen’s proclamation designating April 2-6 as Graduate Education Week in Tennessee.

The governor’s proclamation states that graduate education attracts more than 37, 650 students nationally and internationally to Tennessee universities, and awards over 9,000 graduate degrees from the Tennessee Board of Regents, The University of Tennessee System, and private institutions annually, and contributes to the economic growth and stability of the state via tuition and fees generating more than $147 million dollars.

U.S. Census Bureau data recently revealed that adults 18 and over with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $51,554 in 2004, compared to $28,645 for those with only a high school diploma. Those with graduate degrees took home an average of $78,093 a year.

“Based on 2006 average salary survey data, people with a masters degree were offered positions with salary ranges of $37,000 for elementary education; $42,000 social sciences; MBA $47,000; accounting $47,000; civil engineering $50,000; computer sciences $71,000,” Arfken said. “All of these programs are offered at UTC and other graduate schools in the state.”

For more information about graduate school at UTC, please call 423/425-4666.

April 13, 2007