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Sep 8, 2021

PRTSM Online Master’s Program Sparks a New Business for PJ Ray

Agriculture has always been a part of Patricia Joyce “PJ” Ray’s life. In the Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management (PRTSM) online master’s program, she found a way to take agriculture to the next level.  “I grew up on a tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock farm in Pollocksville, North Carolina. I always knew I… 

Photo of Peter with quote “The North Carolina State University MGIST program has challenged me to think outside the box, learn advanced geospatial concepts, technical writing for reports and proposals, and much more.” - Peter Erlenbach on his experience in the online Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Jul 22, 2021

A Day in the Life of an Online MGIST Student

Online Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology student Peter Erlenbach was featured in the Colliers Engineering and Design blog highlighting his experiences in the program. 

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Jul 19, 2021

Nettie Baugher Gets Hands-on with Horticulture Research

For Nettie Baugher, NC State’s online Master of Horticultural Science program offered the best of both worlds.  Baugher’s undergraduate degree is in horticulture, and she currently works in horticulture as a commercial horticulture area agent for Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans Counties with NC Cooperative Extension. When it came time to choose a graduate program, she decided… 

Max Alff.

Jun 17, 2021

Max Alff Nurtures a Passion for Plants

When Max Alff graduated high school, he didn’t initially plan to study for much longer. He enrolled in the NC State Agricultural Institute for Ornamentals and Landscape Technology, planning to get his associate degree and get out into the workforce. “I enjoy working in the landscape industry and didn’t want to spend more than two years… 

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May 17, 2021

Graduate Returns to His Roots in the Online Master of Animal Science

When Dillon Mellick graduated from Coe College in 2011 with a degree in biology, he was not quite sure where he wanted to take his career. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, he joined Kemin Industries as a quality assurance auditor, but he always felt pulled back to science. Fortunately, Kemin had an open marketing and… 

Kelsey Piper

May 12, 2021

Online Graduate Found a New Career in a Familiar Place

If you ask Kelsey Piper how she started her career in data, you may not expect the answer to be with a graduate degree in Wildlife Science from NC State.  “I worked for a number of years combining my passion for wildlife biology coupled with spatial analysis as a GIS biologist, and loved what I did… 

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May 5, 2021

Active Duty Animal Science: Olivia Jones Pursues Her Passion

Olivia Jones completed the online Master of Animal Science while working as an active duty Air Force officer. 

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Apr 28, 2021

Student Shoutouts: Sarah Bunn Makes Earth Day Impact

While Sarah Bunn is still in her first year of the Master of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management (MPRTSM) online program, her tremendous impact is already being felt in the community. 

Jonathan Bentley

Apr 12, 2021

Jonathan Bentley: A Story of Leadership, Passion and Never Giving Up

Jonathan Bentley is the director of creative media for the NC State Women's Basketball team and is currently finishing up his Master of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management (MPRTSM) online. 

Alice Chen standing on top of a hill overlooking a bridge and water.

May 28, 2020

Studying Abroad: My Experience as an NC State Online International Student

In the latest Youth, Family, and Community Sciences blog post, Alice Chen describes her experiences as an international student in the program.