United States Graduate School Programs

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.

About Graduate Programs

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.

Masters 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]

Doctoral Programs

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

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.

Find a Graduate Degree Program

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.

5 Tips to Finding Graduate Programs on GradSchools.com

  1. Explore a Category: It may be helpful to open each category to then explore its specialties or concentrations.
  2. Choose a Graduate Degree Level: Consider a masters or doctorate within the category you have chosen.
  3. Search by Location: Use the location to refine your search for a graduate degree program and grad school by city, state or country.
  4. Consider Distance Learning: Look for 100% online or hybrid graduate degree programs if you want an alternative to attending an on-campus graduate program.
  5. Search by Institution Name: Look for a specific school by using Institution Search.

About Graduate Studies

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.

  • Accounting
  • Business Information and Management
  • Business Information Systems
  • eCommerce and Social Media
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment and Agriculture
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration and Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Real Estate and Property Management
  • Sports Management
  • Technology Management

Criminal Justice and Legal graduate degree programs include the following.

  • Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
  • Forensic Science
  • Homeland Security and National Defense
  • Law Enforcement, Policing and Investigation
  • Legal Studies
  • Paralegal Studies

Education graduate degree programs cover some of the following areas.

  • Adult Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Leadership and Administration
  • Education, Technology and Online Learning
  • Educational and School Psychology
  • Environmental Education
  • General Education
  • Higher Education
  • International Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Special and Gifted Education
  • Teacher Education

Fine Arts and Design graduate degree programs may be found in the areas listed below.

  • Fashion, retail and Merchandising
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Media Arts
  • Museum Studies
  • Music and Audio Production
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Development and Design

Health and Medicine graduate degree programs encompass the following.

  • Biomedical Science
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Gerontology
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Sciences
  • Healthcare Administration and Management
  • Human Services
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Diagnostic
  • Medical Specialties
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Liberal Arts and Humanities graduate degree programs include the following fields.

  • Area, Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Literature and Writing
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Women’s Studies

Math, Science and Engineering graduate degree programs cover the below topics.

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Industrial and Mechanical engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Public Affairs and Social Sciences graduate degree programs include the following.

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Economics
  • Educational and School Psychology
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Gerontology
  • Human Services
  • International Relations
  • Neuroscience
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Affairs and Planning

Religious Studies graduate degree programs encompass these areas and more.

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Counseling
  • Ministry
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology

Technology graduate degree programs encompass many fields, such as the below.

  • Business Information Systems
  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Training and Support
  • Database Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Information Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Software and Application Development
  • Technology Management
  • Telecom and Networking
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Development and Design

Find an Accredited Graduate School and Graduate Program

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.

Take the Next Step

You may be minutes away from finding a graduate program for the next step in your academic and professional life. Use our tips to refine your search, then use our on-page navigation to request more information from prospective grad schools.

[i]https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d16/tables/dt16_318.20.asp |[ii]https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d16/tables/dt16_324.10.asp

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