Student Success Stories
"Doing my master's online and having a full-time job has been really beneficial for me — especially trying to go to my next chapter."
-Destiny Quinn, Master of Science in Media Management student
"Starting back to finish my degree was to show that I could complete something in my life, to show my son that his mother is not a quitter and that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to."
-Qubilah Jones-Harden, BA in Sociology student
"I am an Arkansas State student. I take great pride in telling people where I am getting my degree. The classes have challenged me to question, think and solve problems. They have challenged me to be a better person."
-Kevin Hazelrigg, MSE Educational Leadership student
"It took 18 months to finish. It went by really, really quickly — and then you've got your degree. It is a real-world education with real-world scenarios."
-Lewis & Laura Hunt, Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
"When we started talking about whether we wanted to do a master's after we graduated, a lot of it was thinking about our daughter and going, 'Neither one of us had anyone to look at who had already done it. It would be great to have those degrees hanging on the wall in the house so that she knows that's something she can do.'"
-Ashley & Chris Pinkard, MPA Public Management
"The way it was split up financially, so that we could pay for a class at a time, was perfect. It had a good structure outline to the program so that it would fit with my schedule at work... That worked well. Online was going to be the only way I could do it."
-Sherie Mauney, MSE Educational Theory and Practice
"Even though I'm getting a degree at my age, hopefully my children or grandchildren can say, 'Never give up. Never lose sight of the dream. Go for it – no matter what it is."
-Ethel Yarbrough, BA in Sociology student
"I would come to work the day following a class, and I would go into the classrooms and tell the teachers, 'We talked about this in class last night. What do you think about this? How do you think this will work?'"
-Sonya May, MS in Early Childhood Services
"I think the thought is that online sort of divorces you from a community of learners—it doesn't. You just connect with them in different ways."
-Russell Stokes, MSE Educational Leadership
"After being in the Army, I knew that public service was something I wanted to pursue."
-Isaac White, MPA Public Management
"What I really like about the program is that practically every class I took, every assignment I had, was applicable to what I did every day. As a lifelong public servant, I felt like a public administration degree was a perfect fit for what I wanted to study. Everything I learned has benefited me to be more effective in this setting."
-Jeff Crow, MPA Public Management
"The support I received was top-notch. The first time I sent an email to a professor and got a response back within the time frame they said they would reply, that just made me feel comfortable."
-Alberto Banuelos, MPA Public Management
"The strategies I learned in this course have already had an impact on my students."
"I can honestly tell you that the strategies I learned in this course already had an impact on my students when I implemented them in the classroom. In fact, my administrators have been in and witnessed the marvelous tools I learned in my A-State classes."
"The classes were challenging."
The classes were challenging and they made you really think and reflect on what you did in the classroom, but the participation in the program made it easier than going to school and having to be there at night or having to commute.
"A repertoire of different ways to teach."
"Courses that we took gave us an opportunity to teach to both our lower and upper students. Our professor gave us a repertoire of different ways to teach the same material. It allowed us the flexibility to take what we've learned in the classes and apply it to our students."
"The one thing I really like about this master's program is the courses."
"The one thing I really like about this master's program is the courses that you take. This program has really allowed me the opportunities not only to work on my gifted students but also my special education students. I've learned many skills. I've learned many strategies and I can incorporate them into my classroom."
"You can watch the professors as much as you want."
"You can watch the professors as much as you want via their video-recorded lectures. You can print up the notes beforehand and highlight key items. It was just excellent. I could sit down at three in the morning or get up first thing on a Saturday and dive into the week's lecture. It's whatever time schedule benefits you."
"The professors gave us enough information."
"The professors gave us enough information at the beginning of every class so we could locate the resources we would need for each assignment."