Surviving Graduate School

New to graduate school? Learn about the unique challenges that await and how to make the most of your experiences. Consider these resources your introduction to the grad life!


By: Wanda Pratt

Find tips for making the most of your graduate school experience, enjoying a productive relationship with your faculty advisor, and choosing a research field that matters most to you. more >>

Great Online Content

Online PhD Programs
This website is a great resource for discovering online doctoral programs that might fit your interests and needs. Just search by subject, program, or university and you’ll be well on your way!

Making the Most of Graduate School offers some great articles on transitioning into graduate school from the undergrad mentality. Learn about making the most of your time, developing social circles, and getting started right.

How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and Advisors
By: Marie desJardins
A detailed list of tips and advice for successfully completing your degree.
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Surviving Grad School
Find tips on time management, relieving stress, and achieving academic success.

Books to Read

Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Masters or Ph.D
Dr. Robert Peters
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The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition
This is a great tool for mastering the ins-and-outs of academic and professional writing.
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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
By: Kate Turabian
Another great resource for mastering professional writing skills, specifically in preparing your dissertation.
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Even a Geek Can Speak
By: Joey Asher
Perfect for learning good presentation skills and how technology can help.
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Influence: Science and Practice
By: Robert B. Cialdini
A fun read about the science and practical points of persuasion.
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Blogs to Follow

Survive and Thrive in Grad School
Dr. Mike Kaspari