Navigating Graduate School

Success in graduate school, whether in course work, research, or teaching does not happen in a vacuum.

While graduate study is unique to every student, there are many similarities in the timeline across programs and departments.

July 2013; by Neal Bryan

You'll occasionally have people talk about "Surviving Graduate School," but that doesn't reflect the possibilities and opportunities for growth.

Tara Kuther, Writing for About.Com

To become a more efficient reader, consider the SQ3R method (survey, question, read, recite, review) to help you retain more without having to reread so often.

Unless you simply stopped going to class, you probably have survived your first year of graduate school.

At the dissertation stage of your graduate program, a fellowship can be a critical resource, especially if your research requires money for travel, equipment, supplies, and time to collect data and write.

  1. Select a topic early in your doctoral program. 
  2. Ensure your topic is doable in one year. 
  3. Develop a clear statement of your research problem and solidify the scope of your project. 

There’s no perfect formula for negotiating graduate school. However, many people have thought about and written on this topic, and everyone who has gone to graduate school seems to agree on some common themes.

Recent headlines about the prevalence of academic dishonesty among graduate students nationwide caught everyone’s attention.