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Easy-To-Read Explanations: What Is Graduate School?

By Dan Green

Graduate school is a school where students earn advanced degrees in specialized subjects. Graduate school includes business school for your M.B.A.; law school for your J.D.; and, medical school for your M.D. degree. There are dozens of other available graduate school degrees, too.

What Is Graduate School?

Gradate school is a school where students can earn an advanced degree in a specialized subject.

Outside of the United States, graduate school is commonly called “post-graduate school”. Inside the U.S., “grad school” is more common.

Students in graduate school can choose from more than 130 available degrees, including the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree for graduates of Business School; the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree for graduates of Law School; and, the Medical Doctor (M.D) degree for graduates of Medical School.

Other graduate school coursework earns a master’s degree , which demonstrates deep knowledge in a particular field; or, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree, which requires in-depth coursework, and independent research and discovery.

Graduate schools in the United States typically offer daytime classes and evening classes at a school campus. Many graduate schools also offer classes to students online.

How Is Graduate School Different From College?

For students, graduate school is a different experience than college.

First, graduate school studies are more focused. You’ll study fewer topics in grad school as compared to undergrad, and you’ll go deeper on each topic studied.

You’ll also be expected to participate in classwork and discussion; and, to devote more of your energy toward reading.

Grad school students are more visible and engaged than undergrads.

Second, graduate school students spend more time reading and studying as compared to college students. You can have a life outside of classes in grad school, but there’s far less free time as compared to when you’re in college.

Third, grad school students are expected to be autonomous.

As an undergrad, professors provided deadlines for just about everything — for readings, for papers, and for tests, as examples. You always knew exactly what to do, and when to have it done.

Grad school students get little such guidance, if any at all.

As a student in graduate school, you’re often given a deadline for a paper, and that’s it. Researching the subject, completing the paper, and meeting the deadline is your responsibility as a student.

There are more than 1.2 million students enrolled in graduate schools nationwide.

Should You Go To Graduate School?

There are a lot of reasons why people apply to graduate school. There are also a lot of reasons why people choose not to.

If your job path requires an advanced degree, then graduate school is probably right for you. If you think you need an MBA in order to start a business, maybe you should make sure that’s a fact.

Applying to graduate school is a personal decision. Here’s some information to help you decide whether graduate school is right for you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Go To Graduate School

  1. Your job requires a graduate school degree
  2. A graduate degree can advance your career
  3. You can earn more money with a graduate degree
  4. Going to graduate school widens your personal network
  5. Because graduate school can help you pursue your intellectual passions
  6. You want to change careers, without starting at the bottom

Click here for 6 Reasons Why You Should Go To Grad School.

6 Reasons Why You Should Not Go To Graduate School

  1. You can’t seem to get a job
  2. You think an advanced degree is required to get ahead
  3. You want to make more money
  4. You want to start a business
  5. You’ve always been “curious” about some field of study
  6. You don’t know what else to do with your life

Click here for 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go To Grad School.

There are thousands of graduate schools nationwide. Student can choose from dozens of programs to meet their needs. Read up to discover whether graduate school is right for you.

Written by Dan Green

Dan Green is a mortgage lending expert and the founder of Growella. Prior to Growella, Dan was a six-time, top-producing loan officer; and, ranked repeatedly among the top 1% of loan officers nationwide. Dan's home buying expertise has been in print and on TV with The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, CNBC, and others.

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