Master's Programs

Outstanding students wishing to continue their education may begin graduate work after the completion of their bachelor's degrees. Most master's degree programs require applicants to take standardized national examinations such as the Graduate Record Examination ( and apply for the program in the spring prior to admission. The graduate program in business requires students to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) ( as part of the admission process. Most students continue to study in their undergraduate major field. Students wishing to switch fields may be required to take undergraduate course work as preparation for admission to a master's program, which presumes prior preparation in the area of study. Generally master's work is more narrowly focused, and degrees require one to two years of full-time study. Some graduate programs may be taken on a part-time basis.

Doctor of Philosophy and Education

The doctorate is the highest degree awarded and requires course work, comprehensive examinations, original research, and a dissertation. Three years of study beyond the master's is minimal, and most students require additional time to complete the course work and research.

Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate-level certificate programs, often in professional areas of specialization, resemble minors but generally require more credit hours. Some certificate programs are stand-alone programs, which means that a student does not have to be working toward a graduate degree to complete a certificate program. Only courses in which students receive a C (2.0) or higher can be applied to the certificate program. Specific requirements can be found in the Schools section.

Non-Degree Programs

The Community Learning Network (CLN) offers hundreds of continuing education (noncredit) classes and serves over 11,000 learners annually. With more than 18 noncredit certificate programs in areas as diverse as photography and stress management, CLN's noncredit program helps learners to take the first step in career development. These courses provide educational opportunities for a lifetime of learning. Visit the Community Learning Network Web site ( to find out more about noncredit offerings.