There are thousands of graduate programs and the choices can seem overwhelming. Rather than spending hours browsing graduate school websites, first identify what you want to get out of your graduate degree. In other words, think about your career aspirations and what knowledge, skills, and experience will help you achieve them. Next, pick a program that suits your intellectual interests and career needs. Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than…

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Deciding to seek a graduate degree is a major commitment of time and money, and not everyone has a clear understanding of what he or she wants career-wise. Without a clear goal, going to graduate school could end up being a waste of your efforts as applying to graduate school involves: requesting letters of recommendation, requesting transcripts, taking the GREs/MATs/GMATs, and writing a personal statement. Additionally, many prospective graduate students…

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What is a Minor in College? Some students may find themselves wondering, “What is a minor in college?” Minors are additional subject areas that are secondary to students’ primary subject areas in their majors. Minors do not require the extensive study that majors require. Students can use minors to enhance their majors or to explore additional subjects that interest them. Minors can provide specialties to majors,…

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Technical writing is a specific style of writing that often appears in the form of proposals, manuals, web pages, reports, newsletters, and other professional documents. It is commonly used in both undergraduate and graduate programs, so you should practice and develop this writing skill before you enter graduate school as a PhD student. Technical writers should consider the following as guidelines:   • Be engaging. Write in third person with…

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Student success is something that is on every graduate students mind, especially considering that going to graduate school is a huge time and financial commitment. Students need to be ready and prepared to tackle this intense process, and the best way to do this is to prepare themselves as an undergraduate. While you are an undergraduate, you should master time management, study, and self-discipline skills because these skills will…

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High Undergraduate GPA can lead to Graduate School Success Highly competitive graduate programs may require high grade point averages (GPAs) for potential students as a high GPA is a strong indicator of graduate school success. You can improve your admissions applications to graduate schools by maintaining a high GPA as an undergraduate. To maintain a high GPA as an undergraduate (and also a high graduate school GPA as well), you…

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Deciding on a major is not an immediate requirement to get into college, but you will need a more specific field of study when you are preparing to apply for graduate school because graduate schools want to know what you would like to study in more detail. Additionally, you will want to choose a graduate program that fits your area of study or specialization, so you should decide what you…

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