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.
Writing a Personal Statement.


What is a Master's degree?
The traditional graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences are the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees, which take one to two academic years of full-time study to complete. The M.A., in one of the liberal arts fields, generally requires a thesis as part of its degree completion (or comprehensive exams) whereas the M.S. usually requires a project or scientific research.

Master degrees besides the M.A., and M.S. are many, and emphasize practical knowledge and skills such as business, law, and medicine. Some professional programs that award a Masters degree are an M.B.A.(Master of Business Administration), an M.S.W.(Master of Social Work), an M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts), an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) to name a few.

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