Associate Provost's Message

Associate Provost's Message

We invite you to apply to one of Valdosta State University’s graduate programs!

Dr. Becky K. da Cruz

As a part of a comprehensive, regional university, the Graduate School offers more than 60 graduate programs along with 6 doctorial programs across six colleges. With a selection of face-to-face, fully online, and web-hybrid degrees, you can choose the learning style thatfits your lifestyle. Our online programs combine excellence and innovation by offering quality academics in a 21st century format, while all our programs provide opportunities for collaboration with faculty through research and graduate assistantships. You have the opportunity to apply for one the nearly 300 graduate assistantships available. With over 2,500 graduate students enrolled at VSU, approximately one out of every nine graduate students receives an assistantship.   

Whether you are a working professional, a full-time student, or both, a graduate degree from Valdosta State University can help to advance your career. A 2017 report entitled “Healthy Growth in Master’s Enrollment Continues at U.S. Graduate Schools” by the Council of Graduate Schools reports that increasingly more jobs (more than 2.5 million) will require a master’s, doctoral, or other advanced degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently reports that individuals with a graduate degree are less likely to be unemployed while also earning 20% more than individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Over the course of one’s career, individuals with a bachelor’s degree have typical lifetime earnings of $2.2 million compared to the $2.7 million for individuals with a master’s degree, $3.3 million for those with doctoral degrees, and $3.6 million for those with a professional degree (American Community Survey).

Like others who have pursued graduate education, I believe you will find it to be a genuinely transformative experience. You will engage directly with faculty, who are prominent experts in their respective fields, as well as with fellow graduate students. Bonds are formed that will last throughout your professional career. You may even begin building your vitae through working as a graduate assistant, publishing peer-reviewed articles with a faculty mentor, presenting your research at a state or national conference, and networking with established professionals in the region.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the graduate program that best fits your educational and career goals.


Becky K. da Cruz
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research
Professor of Criminal Justice