Over 325 enrolled in Peru State graduate programs for summer 2017.

Over 325 enrolled in Peru State graduate programs for summer 2017.

4:00 p.m., July 5, 2017
Jason R. Hogue, Director of Communications, Peru State College, jhogue@peru.edu, 402-872-2429


Peru, Nebraska- This summer, Peru State has over 325 students enrolled in its graduate programs. Peru State’s Dean of Graduate Programs, Dr. Greg Seay, announced the strong enrollment numbers after class began in June.

Peru State offers two Master’s programs: the Master of Science in Education (MSED) and the Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM). Both programs are available online with the MSED offering an accelerated cohort program.

“Our MSED program includes an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. The MSOM includes an emphasis in entrepreneurship and economic development with the option for a certificate of advanced studies in both programs,” Seay said.

The cohort program allows students to complete their Master’s in Education degree in only 19 months. The students start taking classes in the summer and finish in the following December. This year, cohort student numbers are twice as large as traditional student numbers.

Peru State awarded almost 150 graduate degrees in December and May of this year.  The College awarded a total of 432 graduate and undergraduate degrees.

The MSED and MSOM traditional programs offer eight-week courses, enabling students to take two courses per semester. Students who choose to take the traditional option in either the MSED or MSOM program generally finish their Master’s degree in two years.

“This is especially beneficial for working professionals who wish to complete their degree program while still working full time,” Seay said.

For the last six credit hours of their degree, MSOM students must complete a final project. The students create a project specifically designed from their individual interests, “They can build on their current career or research interests outside of their current job to help guide them in their career interests.”

Sixty percent of Peru State’s graduate students come from Nebraska while the other forty percent come from other states around the country. Seay believes there is a high number of non-Nebraskans because of Peru’s “one rate, any state” tuition guarantee that ensures all students pay the same tuition rates as Nebraska residents.

Seay adds, “This also provides great opportunities for students to collaborate and build professional networks across the country.”

SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher, has recognized Peru State College as the seventh most affordable online college for a Masters in Education in the nation for 2017.  TopMastersinEducation.com named Peru State College’s Master of Education program the fourth best online program in the nation for 2016. Peru State’s MSED was also ranked third in the nation for Most Affordable Online Degree Programs in 2016 by Best Value Schools and third in the nation by GetEducation.com in 2015.   GetEducated.com also ranked Peru State a Top 10 Best Online Business School for its Master of Science in Organizational Management degree in 2014.  ValueColleges.com ranked Peru State in the Top 50 Best Value Online Master’s in Management for 2017.

For more information on Peru State’s Master’s programs, visit www.peru.edu/graduate/ or email Dr. Greg Seay at gseay@peru.edu.


Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.