ADVICE FOR UNDERGRADUATES CONSIDERING GRADUATE SCHOOL

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This document contains informal advice for undergraduates who are thinking about graduate school. Graduate school comes in three varieties: professional schools (law, engineering, MBA etc.), master's programs, and doctoral programs.

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ISTE Students Chapter, MIT, ManipalPresentsStudy program on Higher Education in USAHigher Education in USA: A previewADVICE FOR UNDERGRADUATES CONSIDERING GRADUATE SCHOOLThis document contains informal advice for undergraduates who are thinking about graduate school. Graduate school comes in three varieties: professional schools (law, engineering, MBA etc.), master's programs, and doctoral programs. You might also be interested in Robert L. Peters' book "Getting What You Came For" (Noonday Press, 1992), about the process of applying to and attending graduate school. You might also consider reading books about job-hunting, since that's often a good way to look at the process of applying to graduate school. I recommend Tom Jackson's "Guerrilla Tactics in the New Job Market" (second edition, New York: Bantam, 1991). You are also welcome to a copy of an annotated bibliography that I have prepared that describes some books about working in industry. WHAT IS GRADUATE SCHOOL? Graduate school is training in research. It is for people who love research, scholarship, and teaching for their own sake and for the difference they can sometimes make in the world. It is not for people who simply want more undergraduate courses. It is not for people who are in a hurry to get a job. And it is definitely not for people who want to get rich. (The really famous professors, however, make tons of money. They just don't want you to know about it.) The eventual goal of man

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