Students and current professionals interested in continued post-baccalaureate education might earn a graduate degree. Whether you are searching for Masters programs, part time PhD programs or checking out options for graduate study in different academic disciplines such as STEM or business administration, our directory is organized to help you find what you are looking for.
Graduate programs tend to be highly specialized courses of study at the Masters degree or Doctorate degree levels, or may take the form of a graduate certificate. Whereas an undergraduate degree program might be generalized, some graduate programs are technical, and students may work closely with their professors on research projects, or work towards preparing themselves for professional practice and/or licensure in their field of study. Examinations may be comprehensive. Master's and doctoral programs include some class work, but research preparation and defense is a primary focus in most graduate programs.
As the next degree after the Bachelors degree, Masters programs encompass options such as those listed below.
While program lengths and credits vary, a Masters degree might entail approximately one to three years beyond the undergraduate degree. Aside from completing the course requirements, students may have to submit a capstone project or thesis at the end of their program.
FACT: 758,708 Masters degrees were awarded in 2014-15[i]
As a potential next step after a Masters degree, doctoral programs are typically considered terminal degrees, and may be either practice-focused or research-focused. Common doctorate degrees include the following.
Program lengths vary between programs and universities. It might take an individual from three to seven years to complete the requirements of a doctorate degree. Aside from rigorous coursework, doctoral candidates might be required to submit a dissertation and/or complete a supervised practicum.
FACT: 178,547 PhD, EdD, MD, DDS, and law degrees were awarded in 2014-15[ii]
Graduate certificates tend to be shorter in duration than a full graduate degree program. Sometimes a graduate certificate offers credits that students may be able to transfer (e.g. to a Masters program) at later date. Other certificates may be used as add on credentials or as a way to learn targeted skill-sets.
Working towards a graduate degree gives students and current professionals the opportunity to cultivate a niche for themselves. To that end, a graduate program may be offered as a very specific degree within the context of some of the larger categories.
Some graduate programs are designed to take a student from one degree to the next seamlessly (e.g. BSN to MSN). Other graduate programs may offer dual graduate degree programs. Once you are exploring, you may also find accelerated graduate degree programs (e.g. Accelerated MBA), and full time or part time grad programs. On this site, explore graduate studies in the following broad categories.
Business graduate degree programs encompass some of the below fields of study.
Criminal Justice and Legal graduate degree programs include the following.
Education graduate degree programs cover some of the following areas.
Fine Arts and Design graduate degree programs may be found in the areas listed below.
Health and Medicine graduate degree programs encompass the following.
Liberal Arts and Humanities graduate degree programs include the following fields.
Math, Science and Engineering graduate degree programs cover the below topics.
Public Affairs and Social Sciences graduate degree programs include the following.
Religious Studies graduate degree programs encompass these areas and more.
Technology graduate degree programs encompass many fields, such as the below.
Consider pursuing your degree at a regionally accredited graduate school. These institutions have undergone a quality standards review. Some regionally accredited colleges and universities offer accredited graduate programs. You might check into your intended career path to determine whether this is important, and who the specialized accreditors are.
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