Graduate school is an advanced program of study that involves obtaining specialized
knowledge in a concentrated or specific field. Graduate degrees are offered on three
levels: Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate.
Masters degrees are offered in multiple fields of study, however some universities
offer only doctoral programs in particular fields. A masters degree program can take
between 1 and 3 years to complete. Some masters degrees are designed to lead to a
doctorate degree while others are terminal degrees for a given profession.
Specialist degrees are typically completed in addition to a masters program and provide
additional training and experience beyond what is required for the masters degree.
This type of degree prepares students for professional certification or licensing.
Doctorate studies typically require the pursuit of original research for an academic
program and take anywhere from 5-7 years to complete.
For further information regarding professional schools such as medical school, law
school, and MBA programs refer to the professional school section.
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