July 2015

What is required in graduate school?

Differences in structure: Graduate programs normally consist of courses, qualifying or comprehensive exams, and a practicum, thesis, or dissertation, but every program differs in what is required and in what order. There are no standard practices, but there are typical formats according to level and field. Professional Masters – These degrees are similar to undergraduate programs in that no thesis is required, but they generally require some kind of capstone project before the degree is awarded. Examples include the MBA and the MEd. Professional Masters in Health and Human Services – These degrees are often course based, but may also [...]

How is graduate school different from undergraduate?

Differences in style: In general, as an undergraduate, you acquired knowledge and skills; as a graduate, you will apply knowledge and skills. As Tara Kuther stated in her book Graduate School, “Graduate education entails a critical transition from consumer of knowledge to producer of knowledge.” You attended an undergraduate program to acquire the basic liberal arts skills of reading, writing, quantitative reasoning, and critical analysis, as well as a general foundation in a field. In graduate school, you will put those skills to work, applying and producing knowledge within a specialized area of your field. Because graduate programs vary so [...]

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