Graduate School Information

What is graduate school?

A graduate school awards advanced academic degrees (i.e. Master’s degree, Ph.D.) with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree. The term does not usually refer to medical school, law school or business school (law and business school are often referred to as “professional” school).

Most studies show that people with advanced degrees earn more on average than people with bachelor's degrees. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2012 the average worker with a bachelor's degree earned $55,432, while a worker with a master's degree earned $67,600, and a worker with a doctorate earned $84,448.

Program Information

Workshops Offered at MiraCosta

Graduate school workshops are offered to share information with students regarding preparation for graduate school, selecting a graduate program that meets your needs, and what admission committees are looking for when reviewing applications. Speakers from the industry and from graduate programs attend to answer your questions.

Selecting a Graduate Program

There a several ways to research graduate schools.  Three useful web sites are Peterson’s Graduate Planner, Grad Schools, and Master's Programs.

Questions to ask yourself:

Timeline for Applying to Graduate Programs & Letters of Recommendation

The application process varies depending on whether you are applying to an academic, business, law, or medical program. Keep in mind that prestigious graduate schools require more of their applicants, whereas less known programs tend to be more flexible in their admission criteria. Importantly, making connections (e.g., by e-mail, face to face at a conference) helps graduate school faculty to gain a better understanding of who you are, your interests, and why you want to be in their graduate program.