M.A. Higher Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
First-generation college students; Graduate students
First-generation college students are a heavily researched student population who are represented as being first in their family to go to college and graduate. Scholars suggest there are many barriers impacting their college accessibility, affordability, retention, and overall success, therefore, have called for specific services and interventions of support within higher education to help first-generation students persist. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of first-generation students who do persist and pursue advanced educational aspirations. Specifically, first-generation master's students are the subject of this phenomenological study designed to explore the experiences of eight students through one-on-one interviews. The data of this research adds to scholarly work on first-generation students to better understand persistence after graduation and recommends best practices, services, and opportunities of support for first-generation master's students at Rowan University.
Pierson, Dominique A., "The experiences of first-generation master's students" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2819.