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Graduate School Education

Graduate education involves a more narrowly focused program of study than undergraduate work. There are a wide variety of programs. You may earn a degree that is either academic or professional.

Academic degrees (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.) involve acquiring and communicating new knowledge through original research, and are awarded in almost all disciplines (e.g. arts and humanities, languages, natural sciences, and the social sciences).

Professional degrees emphasize the practical application of knowledge and skills, and may be earned in areas such as Law (J.D.), business (M.B.A.), medicine (M.D. or D.O.), and education (M.Ed.). Other fields include the fine arts (M.F.A.), library science (M.L.S.) and social work (M.S.W.).

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  • GREOn-Campus Math Skills Review for GRE/GMAT 
    The Math Workshop will be offering a series of review sessions for students who wish to review the math and quantitative reasoning skills required for the math portion of the General GRE  and the GMAT.

    Offered on Sundays  from 2-4pm and Thursdays from 7-9pm in Hathorn 100

    Sun 9/27:   Take a Practice Test to identify topics that need additional review
    Thurs 10/1:   Basics: order of operations, decimals, percents, exponents, and radicals
    Sun 10/4: Algebra: algebraic manipulation, quadratic eqs, word problems, equations with two unknowns
    Thurs 10/8: Geometry Part I: points, lines, angles, triangles, circles
    Sun 10/11: Geometry Part II: quadrilaterals, polygons, 3-D figures
    Thurs 10/15:   Data: basics of data analysis
    Sun 10/18 at 7pm: Practice Test

    The review series will be conducted by Emily Kafka. Please RSVP to Grace Coulombe ( by NOON on Friday 9/25 so that we can ensure that we have an adequate number of practice tests for 9/27.


    Personal Statement/Statement of Intent

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