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Negotiating Graduate School
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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.


 
Acknowledgements
 
Overview
 
1. Can I Really Complete a Graduate Degree?
How This Book Can Help You

 
Why Am I in Graduate School?

 
Three Categories of Learners

 
Motivation

 
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"

 
Commencement

 
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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