Graduate School Information

What is Graduate School?
What is a Master's degree?
What is a Certificate of Advanced Studies?
What is a DOCTORAL Degree?
Why Go To Graduate School?
How do I learn about graduate programs?
Factors to Consider.
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What is a DOCTORAL Degree?
A doctorate degree signifies the highest degree of education that can be earned. In addition to coursework, it requires the pursuit of original research culminating in a dissertation. Some individuals, particularly those interested in college teaching or research, go on to obtain a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) after receiving a Masters degree. Other doctoral degrees include Ed.D., in the discipline of education, and the Psy.D. (in Psychology). A J.D. is awarded for law, an M.D. is awarded for medicine. These programs vary in the number of credit hours required to complete each program. Most however, require a total of at least six years of college work for completion.

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