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Graduate and Professional School
How is graduate school different from undergraduate education?
Compared to undergraduate studies, graduate school is a more concentrated course of study and expectations regarding the quality and quantity of your academic work are greater. Graduate programs also entail:
- focused studies in a specific discipline with fewer elective possibilities
- rigorous evaluation of your work by professors and peers
- smaller classes with much student interaction
- work experience via internships, teaching, or research
- production of original research is often required
What gradute degrees are avaialble?
- Specialist degrees are usually earned in addition to a master's degree and will require additional coursework, training, or internship experience. This type of degree usually prepares students for professional certification or licensing requirements (e.g., Ed.S. for school principal or credential for becoming a teacher).
- Master's degrees are offered in many fields of study. Some are designed to lead to a doctoral degree while others are the "terminal" degree for a profession (e.g., Master of Library Science; Master of Business Administration). For full-time students, completing a master's degree usually takes 2 years.
Doctoral degrees are the highest degrees possible. They usually require the creation of new knowledge via independent research - be it basic or applied. Including the time it takes to write and defend a dissertation, this degree may take anywhere from 5-7 years to complete.
Why go to graduate school?
- Lets you pursue more indepth study
- You get to study with experts in the field
- Expand your critical thinking skills
- can help you be more competitive in the work force
- may lead to hight pay
Choosing a school
- Best Sources for Grad Programs (pdf)
- Organization Guide for Researching & Applying for Graduate Schools (pdf)
- On line resources: Peterson's Guide, College Source on-line, Gradschoools.com
Applying to graduate school
- Ideally start application process in your junior year
- Apply to at least 6 schools
- Read "Graduated Admissions Essays by Donald Asher available to borrow in our office: Gist Hall 114
- Graduate Admission Essay (pdf)
- Questions to Ask Graduate Programs (pdf)
- Requesting Letters for Graduate School (pdf)
Graduate School Abroad
Graduate Degree Funding Resources
- Financial Aid Opportunities for Graduate Students
- Guidebook for Graduate Students and Scholarship Opportunities
- Additional Graduate Degree and Funding Resources
Graduate School Assistance
- Schedule an appt. with a Career Adviser to discuss graduate school options – Call 707-826-3341 or stop in GH114 to schedule an appointment.
- Getting into Highly Competitive Graduate Schools”, by Donald Asher. Watch this informative video; check in at our center to ask about checking out the DVD.
- Academic Information and Referral - Provides some CSU and UC catalogs; also some California private college and out-of-state catalogs.
- Testing Center - Test application materials such as: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Miller Analogies, etc.
- Office of Graduate Studies - Provides information on HSU Graduate Programs and potential research opportunities.
- Learning Center - Offers workshops on test taking strategies, particularly GRE preparation.
- HSU Library - Offers directories of graduate programs by discipline areas (ask for help at the reference desk to find these) Links on the Library’s Web page to graduate school information (includes catalogs on line).
- HSU Bookstore - You can purchase a booklet “Guide for Prospective Graduate Students,” published by the Council of Graduate Schools.