Open house Feb. 7 to showcase Graduate Studies' newly renovated one-stop-shop location
Posted: 01/31/2014
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Prospective students and alumni seeking information on graduate programs at The University of Texas-Pan American will now have a more convenient, one-stop-shop location where they can learn what is available and receive assistance to apply.

The Graduate Studies office at UT Pan American will host a ribbon cutting and open house Feb. 7 of its newly-renovated one-stop-shop location in the Marialice Shary-Shivers Building on campus.

The University community and the public are invited to a ribbon cutting and participation in an open house on Friday, Feb. 7 that will showcase their newly renovated and expanded Graduate Studies office space in the Marialice Shary-Shivers (MASS) Building on the UTPA campus. The open house will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting planned for 2 p.m.

"This new space is much more convenient for our visitors and students," said Stephanie Ozuna, graduate recruiter. "Recent reports show that careers that typically require a master's degree for entry are projected to grow the fastest from 2012 to 2022. This is one of the reasons we have seen a surge of interest in the many graduate programs UT Pan American offers - both on campus and online."

Prior to the renovation, offices were located on separate floors and in a portable building; Graduate Studies now occupies the entire north side of the first floor of the MASS Building, originally dubbed the Administration Building when it was built in 1982. The remodeling includes a new first floor air conditioning system, reconfiguration of office space and new finishes on the ceiling, floor and all walls.

Prospective students can meet with graduate recruiters housed in the office to learn about the requirements for the programs and get help on filling out their graduate school applications at onsite computers. The office also provides a Graduate Resource Center where current graduate students can get assistance with formatting their theses or dissertations. In addition, the center hosts workshops throughout the year to enhance and support students' graduate school experiences.

UT Pan American currently offers 55 master's, three doctoral and two cooperative doctoral programs. The University's newest online and accelerated programs, which are scheduled in seven-week modules instead of a traditional semester making them flexible and particularly attractive to the working professional, include a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Education in Special Education, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Business Administration.

Students or community members who want more information on UTPA's graduate school programs can visit the Graduate Studies website, call (956) 665-3661 or email

Current students and the community are also invited to learn more by attending an upcoming Graduate School Fair on March 6, from 5-8 p.m., at the Community Engagement and Student Success (CESS) Building (located at 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Dr., Edinburg), where they can meet and talk with recruiters and Graduate Program directors.