Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sisco, Burton R.


African American graduate students--Interviews; Minority graduate students--Interviews


Higher Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to investigate the experience of selected African American male graduate students at Rowan University. Specifically, the study examined how selected students experience graduate school academically and socially. The study involved eight participants who engaged in an interview process and completed a demographic survey.

The data collection instruments included an interview schedule and a demographic survey. The demographic survey consisted of 11 questions that obtained information to better understand the participants. The interview schedule solicited information from the African American male participants about their experiences in graduate school, and what further recommendations they have to facilitate more African American males to pursue higher education.

Majority of the participants felt as though their experience was a good one but noticed a lack of African American male students in the graduate programs at Rowan. Results showed that participants felt as though the bachelor's degree was not enough in today's standards and that a master's degree was essential in the educational process. Mentoring and family support was shown to play a significant role in the educational success of the participants.