Graduate Studies

College of Business

  • MBA students continue to score amongst the best in the nation on the ETS Major Field Assessment test.
  • The collaborative, online Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Management was approved by the Board of Regents in August 2012. The program will begin in spring 2013.


College of Education and Human Services

  • The Principal Licensure Certificate Program has seen excellent growth. Interest in the program remains very high among K-12 teachers.
  • Students in two cohort groups, one in Ripon and one in the Howard-Suamico area, completed their required coursework for graduation. Students in the cohorts have earned a MS in Educational Leadership degree; however, many of them have decided to continue their studies to earn the Principal Licensure Certificate as well.
  • The Department of Human Services has received Entitlement to Plan a MS in Transnational Human Service Leadership. This fully online program is expected to be implemented in fall 2013.
  • The Department of Professional Counseling completed its first year for its new 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Program with its first cohort of admitted graduate students. This program replaces the previous 48-credit Community Counseling program, and offers more specific coursework and training to align with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 2009 Standards. Prospective student interest and inquiries in the program continue to be strong.
  • The Department of Professional Counseling hosted two study abroad experiences for our graduate students in January 2012. Dr. Kelli Saginak led the department’s first study abroad experience to Malaysia, and Dr. Charles Lindsey led the department’s second study abroad experience to India.

While in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 UW Oshkosh Professional Counseling students joined Dr. Kelli Saginak in a Filal Therapy workshop presented to students and staff at Help University. Students also had the opportunity to meet and interact with children ages 1-12 at the Nur Salam Center for Children. The students then traveled to Penang, Malaysia and visited the Stepping Stone Work Center where they spent the day with adults and children with disabilities. Students were also able to learn how to make paper at the ACS Work Center where adults use the bark from banana trees to make and sell homemade paper. Plans are being finalized for a second study abroad excursion to Malaysia in January 2013.

As part of the India trip, 12 UW Oshkosh Professional Counseling students had the opportunity to learn about and give back to many important educational and social organizations. At the Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI), both Indian and American students presented poster sessions on research and intervention efforts in which they have been engaged in their respective programs of study. In addition, Dr. Charles Lindsey delivered a presentation on consciousness, counseling, and intervention options for working within the area of crisis and trauma. The UW Oshkosh professional counseling students also had the opportunity to work with children with differing Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses at the Integrated Institute of Rehabilitation for the Disabled (IIRD) – Agra Center, teach elementary school-aged children various American games and songs at the Ambedkar School outside of Varanasi, and meet and interact with the women at the Annapurna Center which was created to empower young women. Plans are to continue this study abroad excursion to India again in January 2014.

  • The Department of Professional Counseling offered its first formalized Site Supervisor Training Workshop in spring 2012 as a service to our practicum and internship site supervisors. The workshop is intended to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines for school counseling site supervisors, and to also align with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for site supervisor training across emphases. The training workshop was well attended, and plans are to continue this offering each semester.
  • A Professional Counseling student volunteer group led by Dr. Charles Lindsey solidified a connection with Camp Erin in summer 2012. During the past two summers, graduate student volunteers have participated at Camp Erin. With close to 40 camps nationwide, Camp Erin is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the U.S. Created by The Moyer Foundation in 2002, Camp Erin is specifically designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. Camp Erin combines traditional and fun camp activities with specialized grief activities and peer support. Moreover, Jamie Moyer is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, and the Moyer Foundation is therefore closely connected to locations with a MLB team – in our case, the Milwaukee Brewers. As a result of our deepening collaboration with Camp Erin, this year saw a number of Professional Counseling students playing instrumental roles as either Grief Facilitators (who co-facilitated the grief activity exercises with the campers) or as Cabin Big Buddies (who were charged with closely supporting and connecting with the teens and children throughout the course of the weekend). Plans are for this graduate student summer outreach program to continue in summer 2013.


College of Letters and Science

  • Dr. Fredi Giesler, faculty member in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program, has a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Policy Practice titled: “Sources of Information that Influence Social Service Public Policy Decisions.” This paper will be published in the December 2012 issue. The paper was submitted for peer review in January 2012 and three MSW students/graduates participated as co-authors on the research and subsequent paper: Laura Hall (MSW student), Anglelice Parris ’11, and Lori Weaver ’11.
  • Stephen Feest, a graduate student in the MSW program, had a poem, “Tough Guys Wear Pink,” published and performed by Add Verb Theatre Productions of New England University. This poem is part of a campaign to advocate for LGBTQ youth and is part of the Out and Allied Project. The video production can be viewed on YouTube.
  • In 2011, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program absorbed the undergraduate Public Administration minor to become the Department of Public Administration. This move has allowed students interested in a career in public service to move seamlessly from undergraduate to graduate work if they choose to do so. The MPA program offers a course in public policy and analysis each spring in which students engage in public policy projects for communities around Wisconsin. This joint effort between the academic and practitioner world helps to form the next generation in public service. Examples from spring 2012 include a study of yard waste alternatives for Bayside; a recycling analysis for DePere; a citizen survey of budget priorities for Oshkosh (for the fourth time); and a government restructuring analysis in Iowa County.
    • Dr. Karen King and Dr. Anna Filipova continue to serve on the Village Board of Directors for the Evergreen Community in Oshkosh.
    • In December 2011, Dr. Anna Filipova presented a program on “Holidays in Bulgaria” to fifth graders at Webster Stanley Elementary School in Oshkosh.
    • Tim Anderson published the paper “Secondary production of Chironomidae in a large eutrophic lake: implications for lake sturgeon production” in the journal Freshwater Science.
    • Ryan Koenigs MS ’11, was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Senior Fisheries Biologist.


College of Nursing

  • The first four graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice conferred their degrees at the spring 2012 commencement.


Graduate Studies

  • Susan Cramer, Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership and a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services, was hired as the new graduate dean.
  • The Graduate Studies Office began providing an online status tracking service to admission applicants.


To learn more, visit the Graduate Studies website.