Office of Graduate Studies


Alumni Spotlight - Dr. Jana McLain

Graduate Alumni Dr. Jana McLain:Following in her mother’s footsteps, Dr. Jana McLain is a two time alumni of Sam Houston State University. Dr. McLain entered the field of counseling in 2010 after completing her Master’s in School Counseling here at SHSU. Dr. McLain went on to complete her Ph.D. in Counselor Education in the Department of Counseling and graduated in August of 2014. Jana has continued her success in the professional arena presenting at local, state and national conferences and was awarded the CREST award from the Texas School Counseling Association for counseling excellency in 2014 and 2015. Currently, Dr. McLain is serving secondary students as the At-risk counselor for the Community Learning Center for Humble ISD. This role will allow her an opportunity to provide both small group and individual counseling, along with facilitating the mentor program and community outreach events.

The Office of Graduate Studies oversees graduate study and graduate student life at SHSU. We help graduate students leave their mark by providing academic and professional support for currently enrolled graduate students, from orientation to student engagement programming. Please explore the services and resources we have to offer.

Mission Statement

The Office of Graduate Studies at Sam Houston State University is an academic support unit that promotes quality graduate education and provides resources to maximize graduate student success.  Graduate Studies provides leadership and services to create high-quality learning environments for graduate students by:

  • Facilitating the development of new programs and strengthening existing programs
  • Retaining and graduating high-quality students, especially those in underserved populations
  • Providing resources to retain a high-quality, diverse graduate faculty
  • Fostering campus-wide collaboration and strengthening the role of graduate education at SHSU
  • Supporting graduate program quality by assisting graduate programs with accreditation, external review, and other quality enhancement practices
  • Encouraging and supporting scholarship and intellectual creativity among graduate faculty and students
  • Implementing efficient and effective best practices
  • Highlighting and promoting graduate student research and success
  • Establishing and implementing effective academic policy


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