Navigating Graduate School

male and female grad students chat during an event

Navigating Graduate School workshops are designed to help students adjust to the rigors of graduate school, offering tips, strategies and advice from both staff experts and advanced graduate students.

When you were an undergraduate student, academic courses during your first couple of years functioned mainly on a lay level. By your junior and senior years, you started to understand the expertise within your chosen major; the deeper levels and nuances of the field.

Once you enter graduate school, you're being trained to create​ knowledge: the syllabi of your courses offer a blueprint to the field, a reference point for a particular course or subfield. You're expected to approach your courses thinking about how they relate to your own interests.

Often, grades are also understood differently. While it may be OK for an undergraduate to receive a B-minus or a C, on a graduate level you ideally stay above a B. At same time, graduate school courses are not about the grades. What’s more important is the knowledge you're gaining to eventually become a colleague with your professors.