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

Business School (MBA)

Bates alumni interested in pursuing business school typically decide between pursuing a Master’s in a specialized area, such as finance, accounting or marketing or pursuing a traditional two-year M.B.A. degree. There are other options which exist including an Executive M.B.A. for professionals who wish to fit their studies into current careers while continuing to work, often full-time.

Business School (MBA)


For students interested in careers in engineering the College offers joint degree programs with a number of prestigious engineering schools.  Students spend three years at Bates taking general education requirements and basic courses in mathematics, physics, and other relevant sciences, preparatory to matriculation to the engineering school for concentration in the area of interest for two years. This three/two liberal arts/engineering program results in two baccalaureate degrees — one from Bates and one from the school of engineering. The engineering schools affiliated with Bates in this program are Columbia, Case Western Reserve, Dartmouth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis.