Planning for Graduate School
Planning For Graduate School
Why graduate school?

Students who intend to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees need special coursework to prepare them for entry to advanced degree programs. Pursuing a higher degree will broaden students' career opportunities and typically results in attainment of higher paying jobs than those who have a bachelor's degree. Students need a greater emphasis on research and writing than other students.

TOP 10 REASONS YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL
List of reasons grad school might be a good decision for you.

NDSU GRADUATE SCHOOL
In addition to the resources below, the NDSU Graduate School has a number of resources for students.

Course planning for graduate school-bound students

GRADUATE SCHOOL TRACKS
Printable document that shows common graduate school tracks for students majoring in HDFS. For each track, a list of recommended courses is included.

RESEARCH & SENIOR THESIS OPPORTUNITIES
How to get started on a senior thesis and become involved in research.

THINKING AHEAD—HELPFUL STEPS DURING YOU UNDERGRADUATE YEARS
Printable page describing ways undergraduate students can begin preparing for graduate school.

Preparing to apply to a graduate program

FINANCING YOUR GRADUATE EDUCATION
Think you can’t afford graduate school? Think again! Printable page describing ways to get a master’s or doctoral degree at (almost) no cost to you.

 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Printable document with answers to questions about who to ask, how to ask, and what information to give letter writers. Students requesting a letter of recommendation may need to complete the FERPA consent form, so that faculty and advisors have the authority to release academic information.

HOW TO WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT
Printable document explaining what a personal statement is, why it is required, and what to include.

What to expect in graduate school

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL
Advanced degree programs are not just “more college.” This printable document explains the key differences between college as an undergraduate and as a graduate student.

 

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