Graduate schools are intended to provide students with the opportunity to conduct focused research and/or profession specific training. Such programs can be loosely categorized into 3 types:
- A Classical Master’s degree is research-focused and can be terminal (ending after 2 years) or it can be a stepping stone toward earning a PhD.
Examples: Master’s programs in Chemistry, English, Geography, and Physics.
- An Applied/Course Based Master’s degree requires completion of a specified number of courses with no research (thesis) component.
Examples: Public Administration, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology.
- A Professional Master’s degree program designed to cross discipline boundaries and employment sectors and to include work that develops skills related to workplace needs.
Examples: Library and Information Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology.