Navigating Graduate School

by Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Ph.D. Programs, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University (reprinted with permission)

One skill that can be critical to the success of a graduate student is the ability to publish. We collected the following tips from experienced faculty who have guided students successfully into the publishing world.

Competing a doctoral program involves more than taking courses and writing a dissertation. Many doctoral students also teach, conduct research and begin learning what it means to be a faculty member.

TO ASSURE THAT DOCTORAL STUDENTS receive careful advice and mentoring throughout their careers, a supervisory committee is established before the student has accumulated 45 credit hours.

WITH THE EXPANDING NUMBER of online course offerings now available to graduate students (and in some cases, entire curricula), it’s likely you will – if you haven’t already done so – take a “distance learning” course as part of your program.

THE NON-TRADITIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT is defined as an adult who is pursuing a higher degree part-time while working full-time, or one who returns to school full- or part-time after a significant break or interruption (starting a family, starting a

Adapted from the University of British Columbia PowerPoint: On Being a Successful Graduate Student

Here are seven “keys” essential to a successful and well-rounded graduate career.

Conflicts with troubled students can happen when you least expect them. From a student angry about a bad grade to a one who comes to you for help with a personal problem, it’s wise to be prepared.

By Willis M. Watt
Academic Leader, 24(1) (January 2008): 1, 8.
Reprinted with permission from Magna Publications, Inc.