Whether it has been a while since you completed your undergraduate program or you are a recent graduate, it is important that you adequately prepare for your transition into graduate school.
Post-graduate work is more rigorous than undergraduate study and requires a significant investment of time and other resources. You should expect to devote at least three hours of outside study per week for every credit hour in which you’re enrolled. For graduates enrolled in 3 credit hours, the expected study time would equal 9 to 12 hours per week.
The graduate program you select should depend on your career goals and complement your professional and/or personal interests. When determining a course of study, carefully review the program description, requirements, objectives, and career paths. Do these components match your academic and career goals?
Because of more stringent degree requirements at the graduate level, there is less flexibility to change from one program to another. Please consult your advisor for further details.
The time to degree completion is shorter at the graduate level. You have seven years from the date of enrollment in the first credited course of a master's program or executive certificate to complete the program. The MBA program is excluded from this requirement. If you are pursuing an MBA you have five years to complete your program. The degree completion deadlines cannot be adjusted; therefore, it is important to take at least one course each term.
Please consult with your advisor if you have any questions regarding how long you have to complete your specific degree program.
Coursework and grading at the graduate level is different from the undergraduate level. Work is at a higher level and therefore more intensive requiring a significant amount of time, research, writing, class participation, and collaboration with other students.