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 2017 the average worker with a BA earned $61,160, while a worker with a MA/MS earned $73,051, and a worker with a doctorate earned $90,880.
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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. These links are helpful: Peterson’s Graduate Planner and Grad Schools.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What is my field of study/subject?
- Am I open to public and private universities?
- Do I want to stay in state or go out of state?
- How important is the school’s ranking?
- Can I afford the tuition?
- What kind of research opportunities exist?
- Are classes taught online or do I have to attend all classes in person?
- How long will it take me to complete my degree?
- Is faculty mentoring provided?
- Will this program prepare me for my future career?
- What kind of job search assistance do they provide once I graduate?
- Are students currently is the grad program satisfied?
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.