- Graduate School
- Introduction to the Graduate School
- Why is it needed?
- How Affordable Is It
- The Many Myth-Busters
- Introduction to Graduate School Research
- Identifying the Subject Best Fit For You
- Masters or Ph.D.?
- Qualities of a Successful Ph.D. Student
- Accordingly Identify the School
- How Many Schools to Apply?
- The Different Variables to Be Worked Out
- The Application for Graduate School
- Starting Your Application
- The Application Process
- How Does the Application Process Work?
- What Are People Looking For In Your Application?
- Picking the Right University and the Right Professor
- The Right Professor Is the Most Important Factor
- Few Questions You Need To Ask Of a Professor
- Parts of a Graduate School Application
- Things to Keep In Mind
- The Resume: The Importance of A Powerful One
- Writing Effective Statement of Purpose
- The Importance of an Important and Compelling Essay
- Personal Interviews
- Introduction to Interviews
- Do's In an Interview
- Don’ts in an Interview
- After The Interview
- Accepting an Offer
- Rejecting an Offer
- Preparing For Financials
- You Are In… What Now… The Road Ahead…
- Make an Estimate of the Fixed Costs
- Do You Qualify For a Need-Based Aid?
- How to Apply For the Need-Based Aid
- How Is the Aid Awarded?
- Non-Need-Based Aid
- Other Ways to Pay for Your Degree:
- What If You Fall Short
- Other Brooding Points
- International Students
- International Students Guidelines
- Few Not-So Important Critical Points
- Summing Up Admission Process
- Why Is Graduate School Important?
- Life in the Big League: A Graduate Student
- Different Schools for Different Programs
Why is Graduate School needed?
A ‘grad school’ is the opportunity for students who wish to pursue higher education, after their under-graduate program. Now, graduate schools have always been synonymous with more focussed and subject-oriented studies that encourage more research and is more experiential in character.
Also, it is very different from the under-graduate level in that the students have already identified their interests, and have acknowledged the path they are willing to tread upon. Specific skills are given more importance, and both the students and the supervisors need to work as a team. This is an investment of money, time and work.
Now, the graduate degrees are available in primarily three segments: Masters, Doctorate and Specialist.
The Doctorate level is the highest degree, and the length of the degree will depend on the level you desire and the program requirements. A considerable amount of time has to be spent on the research (originality), and hence the length will vary accordingly.
The Master’s degree is available in many fields, and it may be used as a base for pursuing doctorate. The degree usually takes two-years for completion.
The Specialist degree can be earned, along with the Master’s degree, after specialized internships and other courses. It prepares the aspirants for professional certification, which may be helpful in the future if the students are planning for a doctorate degree. The time that the specialist degree will take is 5-7 years.
A Master’s degree in hand more often than not will dictate if you offer the job or are left out. Sometimes what drives people is not the lure of money that a degree from the Ivy-league schools will get you, but just the love of learning and getting immersed in extensive research work; which in the end is the primary fulcrum around which graduation revolves.