Navigating 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.

Princeton Review’s Graduate School Companion will be available in January 2007 from Random House. Pursuing a master’s degree or a Ph.D.

Have you ever emerged from the office recently only to find that everyone is gone? Do you sometimes feel that your department colleagues have just up and vanished? Are you feeling like the last person on earth?

Program of Study/Memorandum of Courses.

Do you remember your first semester as a graduate student? Or are you there right now? Most new graduate students soon find that they are expected to be more independent in their programs than they were as undergraduates.

If you're preparing for a career in academia, you might want to learn the lingo. Here is a list of some commonly used terms.