Graduate School

Learn about attending a graduate school

Attending graduate school or earning your doctorate can really enhance your career prospects if you want to enter the professional world or find a job in the realm of academia. Graduate school degrees are available in every field, so you can improve your academic credentials no matter what your interests.

Levels of Graduate Study

There are three levels of study you can pursue at graduate school: you can get a master's degree, a doctorate degree or continue with post-doctorate studies. If you're planning to enter the workforce following your studies, a master's degree will generally suffice. Having a PhD will leave you overqualified for the majority of professional positions, and doctorate degrees are generally only pursued by people who plan to earn professorships.

Post-doctorate studies are usually undertaken by students in highly competitive academic fields. To land a college-level teaching gig, you've got to separate yourself from the pack of other qualified PhD holders competing for the same jobs. Networking is key, just like in any other industry – but it's also important to publish articles in academic journals. Post-doctorate studies help recent PhD graduates finesse and focus their written work to enhance their chances of getting published and landing a job as a professor.

Applying to Graduate School

Whether you're attending a graduate business school or an online graduate school, you're going to need to write the GRE. This standardized test is not unlike a college-level version of the SAT; it tests your reasoning, reading, mathematics and critical thinking skills. Most graduate school admissions policies place high value on the applicant's GRE score, as well as academic transcripts from undergraduate study and, in some cases, letters of recommendations.

You should consult a U.S. graduate school ranking publication if you want to know which universities offer the best programs in your field of study. However, be aware: the higher a given institution's graduate school ranking, the harder it will be to get in.

Earning an advanced degree from a good graduate school will improve both your mind and your career prospects. If you're passionate about your field, it's something you should look into.

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Posted on 1/30/2012 10:59:00 PM
i optain a degree in environmental education but i want to further my education to study environmental chemistry (master degree), and i want a nice university that offer such course in U.S or U.K. Please i need advice on that. thank you. balamuhammadkabir@yahoo.com
Posted on 1/6/2012 12:20:00 PM
am not a citizen from Us but would want also a scholarship to do my masters in an Information Technology related field. How can you advice me? ngabbie@yahoo.com
Posted on 1/3/2012 3:54:00 AM
I have the curiosity to be educated in the U S but as i said i want to know the conditions involved
Posted on 12/16/2011 10:10:00 PM
I am Abu Bakarr Barrie, i want to apply for an MBA either in Marketing or any related area, i studied Economics at the university of Sierra Leone, how do i go about it?
Posted on 12/16/2011 9:58:00 PM
i hope to have a bachelor degree but i don't have finance
Posted on 12/2/2011 9:19:00 AM
mine is not really a comment but a question. Do you offer courses in humanities?
Posted on 10/17/2011 6:12:00 AM