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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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