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Negotiating Graduate School

Negotiating Graduate School
A Guide for Graduate Students

Second Edition

April 2002 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Negotiating Graduate School, Second Edition provides realistic answers to the questions and concerns most often raised by students in graduate school. Incorporating three decades of personal experience working with master's and doctoral candidates, Rossman addresses such critical issues as the research proposal, forming a committee, preparing for comprehensive written and oral exams, avoiding emotional letdowns, defending the thesis or dissertation, and publishing a dissertation. In addition to addressing the needs of graduate students in traditional settings, this revised edition includes new information responding to the concerns of graduate students in online or distance education programs. In addition, it contains many new URLs and reflects the influence of the Internet on graduate education.

1. Can I Really Complete a Graduate Degree?
How This Book Can Help You  
Why Am I in Graduate School?  
Three Categories of Learners  
Barriers to Learning  
Time Management  
Self-Directed Learning  
Becoming a Self-Directed Learner  
Need for Support  
2. The Program of Study
Financing Your Graduate Degree  
Am I in the Right Graduate Degree Program  
Defining the Program of Study  
Developing the Program of Study  
Know Yourself  
Controlling Frustrations  
3. The Graduate Committee
Roles of Committee Members  
Functions of the Graduate Committee  
Getting to Know Potential Committee Members  
Becoming Known by Potential Committee Members  
Choosing Your Committee  
Committee Member Selection Guide  
4. The Comprehensive Exam
The Comprehensive Examination Process  
Evaluating the Comp  
Purpose of the Comprehensive Exam  
Preparing for the Comprehensive Exam  
Taking the Comprehensive Exam: Tips for the Written Exam  
Tips for the Oral Exam  
5. The Proposal and the Thesis/Dissertation
Developing the Proposal  
The Thesis/Dissertation  
Connecting the Proposal to the Thesis/Dissertation  
Chapter One: The Problem  
Chapter Two: The Literature Review  
Chapter Three: The Methodology  
Chapter Four: Presentation and Analysis of Data  
Chapter Five: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations  
Concluding Thoughts  
6. The Defense
Understanding the Defense  
Preparing for the Defense  
What to Do at the Defense  
The Decision  
7. Now What?
Binding Your Thesis or Dissertation  
Copyrighting Your Work  
Publishing Your Work  
Making up Lost "Quality Time"  
Using the Title "Doctor"  
Avoiding Emotional Letdowns  
Put Your Degree to Work  
References and Selected Readings
General Style Guides
Guides to Writing a Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Paper
Researching and Writing in the Disciplines
About the Author
Key features

The book is written in an easy to read format. It is written more as a one-on-one dialog than as a scholarly treatise of the graduate school process. The revised edition reflects the growing influence of the internet and degree granting programs offered via distance education while updating information in the first edition relative to all aspects of the graduate school process. A central tenet is that the graduate student must know and control all aspects of the process as much as possible. The book provides many useful exercises, tools, and techniques that encourage the grad students to take more control of the process of obtaining a graduate degree.

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