Managing the Graduate School Experience: From Acceptance to Graduation and Beyond

Managing the Graduate School Experience: From Acceptance to Graduation and Beyond


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Knowledge is power. Simply stated, Managing the Graduate School Experience: From Acceptance to Graduation and Beyond provides graduate students with power as it helps them to understand and complete a graduate degree, regardless of how the degree is offered — online or on-campus. It also encourages them to take control of the graduate school process as much as possible and negotiate with faculty and the administration regarding all aspects of the program.

Some additional key features of this book include:

·Experienced faculty members who have served on more than 400 graduate committees, have chaired more than 100 doctoral dissertations and eighty master’s theses, and have instructed thousands of learners on their journey to earning their degree
·Reflections of more than fifty cumulative years of graduate school experience
·A non-technical, no jargon, easy-to-read style. Succinct and to the point
·A Student centered approach that has helped hundreds of graduate students complete graduate degrees

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475817942
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Mark H. Rossman has been advising graduate students for his entire academic career of more than forty years. He has received two awards as an outstanding dissertation advisor and has written extensively on how to succeed in graduate school.

Dr. Kim Muchnick and Dr. Nicole Benak have been involved with graduate education for more than ten years. Along with instructing in online and traditional mediums, they have also earned degrees through traditional and online programs.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Can I Really Complete a Graduate Degree?

Can I Afford a Graduate Degree

How Will Working on The Degree Impact My Family and Job

Am I Too Old To Be Seeking A Graduate Degree?

How This Book Can Help You

Why Am I in Graduate School?

Three Categories of Learners


Barriers to Learning

Time Management

Self-Directed Learning

Becoming a Self-Directed Learner

Need for Support

2. Online Courses and Degrees

Development of Distance (or Online) Education

What are the Different Types of Online Courses?

Why Should I Enroll in an Online Course?

What are some differences Between Online and On Campus Classes?

What are some Strategies to Help Me Complete an Online Degree?

How Do I Complete and Hand In Assignments?

What is the Average Age in an Online Class?

How are Online Courses Graded?

How Much Time Will It Take to Complete Courses and the Degree?

What Technology Is Needed To Participate in an Online Course or Degree Program?

How Effective are Online Courses?

Do Online Learners Feel Isolated?

Is “Online” Right for Me?

3. Financing Your Graduate Degree

Federal Sources

State Sources

University or College Sources



Savings and Investments

Additional Sources

Financial Aid Scams

Graduate School Financial Aid Checklist

4. The Degree Program


Am I in the Right Graduate Degree Program?

Defining the Program of Study

Developing and Completing the Program of Study

Know Yourself

Controlling Frustrations

5. The Graduate Committee

Functions of the Graduate Committee

Roles of Committee Members

Getting to Know Potential Committee Members

Becoming Known by Potential Committee Members

Choosing Your Committee

Committee Member Selection Guide

6. The Comprehensive Exam

Purpose of the Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination Process

Evaluating the Comp

Preparing for the Comprehensive Exam

Taking the Comprehensive Exam: Tips for the Written Exam

Tips for the Oral Exam

7. The Proposal and the Thesis/ Dissertation

ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing

The Pre-proposal

How to Develop the Pre-proposal

Developing the Proposal

The Thesis/ Dissertation

Connecting the Proposal to the Thesis/ Dissertation

Chapter 1: The Problem

Chapter 2: The Literature Review

Chapter 3: The Methodology

Chapter 4: Presentation and Analysis of the Data

Chapter 5: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations


Concluding Thoughts

8. The Defense

Understanding the Defense

Preparing for the Defense

What to Do at the Defense

The Decision

9. Now What?

Binding Your Thesis or Dissertation

Copyrighting Your Work

Publishing Your Work

Making Up Lost “Quality Time”


Developing an Unofficial Annotated Transcript

The Portfolio Resume

Using the Title “Doctor”

Avoiding Emotional Letdowns

Put Your Degree to Work

References and Suggested Readings

References Cited

Style Guides

Guides to Writing a Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Paper

Research and Writing in the Disciplines

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