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  • Michael P. Sy

Four Considerations Before I Enroll in Graduate School

Planning to take a master's degree? If you don't know how to take the next step into the world of academia, then you might want to check out these "Four Things to Consider When You Want to Take a Masters Degree".

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Poster Contents: 1) PROGRAM: The first thing that you need to consider is the program you intend to apply in because finishing it will give you a title and qualification that you will use forever. Ensure that you are applying to a program that is renowned, recognized, and doable. You may also decide if your program will end with a thesis, an exam, or both.

2) SUPERVISOR: Once you enroll in the program, you will be asked to choose or designated to a supervisor, who will guide you throughout your research endeavor. If given a choice, choose someone who has the same research interest as you, is respected in the field, and is committed to support your independent learning journey.

3) FACULTY: Aside from your supervisor, you have to check the faculty line-up. Those who teach in an MA/MS program must have faculty members who have PhDs or Ph.D. units (at least) in related fields. Don't forget to check their research output as a unit because the more research they produce, the most likely you will graduate.

4) UNIVERSITY: The program, supervisor, and faculty must be considered before the university because your capacity and academic supporters will help you graduate, not the university. Getting into a QS-ranked university will make the experience more glam, but the value of your degree will still depend on who you become, not where you come from.

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Yours truly,

Teacher Mike

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