Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Daniel R. Lofald

Second Advisor

Gary Gorniak

Third Advisor

Cindy Mathena


Professional graduate student programs have relatively low completion rates, which comes at significant cost to the university and student. Achievement motivation theory can account for success or failure with undergraduate students, but this has not been fully tested with graduate students. This study found that achievement motivation theory was a modest predictor of student achievement and type of study strategy use for first-term graduate students at the University of St. Augustine. Certain achievement goal orientations and study strategy combinations may affect a graduate student's academic success. Achievement goal orientations, along with study strategies, may comprise helpful criteria to identify students most likely to succeed in graduate programs.