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Graduate Research

Research solves real-world problems, increases knowledge and inspires others. It is ever evolving and can take many forms. The depth of our Graduate Students drive to push the boundaries is never-ending. Explore some of the ways we are pushing the boundaries of research at Western Carolina University. 

Graduate Research Symposium



The annual Graduate Research Symposium is a part of the Research and Scholarship Celebration (RASC) at Western Carolina University.

The Graduate Research Symposium brings together poster presentations, oral presentations and an academic paper competition from graduate students across multiple disciplines and all aspects of research. Even online students can participate!

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3-Minute Thesis Competition



Once a year, graduate students have the opportunity to develop their professional presentation and research communication skills by presenting their "3-Minute Thesis."

Students distill  their research projects into an engaging three-minute pre recoreded presentation designed for a general audience using just one slide. Cash prizes are available and all programs can participate.

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Graduate School Programs

With more than 40 degree and certificate programs, the Graduate School at Western Carolina University has designed programs in high-demand areas with quality, flexibility and affordability in mind.

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