Graduate School Advising & Resources

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.).

Why Grad School?

Graduate School Resources at Bates

Online Directories and Resources to Research Programs


Personal Statement/Statement of Intent

Letters of Recommendation

Graduate School Funding

Graduate School Workshops and Alumni Panels