Master’s & Ph.D. Programs

The critical and fundamental step in considering graduate study is to understand why you want to pursue a graduate degree. To set the stage for careful decision making, it is important to clarify your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your goals for study and research, and the realities of your intended career path. As you begin to think about this, consider the following questions:

What are your motivations?

What are your goals?

What are your expectations?

For a more in-depth exploration of these questions, download Applying to Graduate School (OCS Publication). In this booklet, you will also learn about:

  • Timing of Application and Enrollment
  • Considering Different Degree Options
    • Master's Degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., M.P.P., M.P.H., M.F.A., Ed.M.)
    • Professional Degree (e.g. J.D., M.B.A., M.D.)
    • Doctoral Degree (e.g. Ph.D., Ed.D., D.F.A.)
  • Researching Graduate Schools and Programs
  • The Application Process
    • Application Essay or Statement of Purpose
    • Requesting Letters of Recommendation
  • After You're Admitted
    • Congratulations!