Are you thinking about going to graduate school? Start by
exploring the possibilities.
On this page:
What is Graduate School?
Graduate education focuses on acquiring specialized skills for a
profession or to conduct advanced research.
Types of Degrees
Master's Degree: Usually takes one or two years to
complete. Often, internships or fieldwork is part of the
Research Master's Degree: May involve writing a thesis
or taking a comprehensive examination in addition to
Professional and Doctoral Degrees: At the doctoral level
there are professional degrees and research degrees. The most
common professional degrees are MD for medical or the JD for law.
The research doctoral degree (PhD) involves coursework and research
training while the final component usually involves original
research and reporting on the research through a dissertation.
How to Choose a School?
Research graduate programs carefully to choose the one that
will best suit your needs and talents.
Consider a variety of factors such as accreditation, admission
standards, career assistance, cost/financial aid, culture, degrees
offered, faculty, location, diversity, facilities, reputation,
research/academic focus, resources, size, residency requirements,
and surrounding community.
Talk with your professors, career counselors, advisers and
alumni to help identify the graduate program and university/college
that best suits you.
Gaining workplace experience can improve your chance for
acceptance into a graduate program.
After working in the field, you may discover your employer will
pay some or all of your graduate school expenses.