Steps You Can Take

Take Required and Elective Courses in Your Program
Attend Research Talks, Colloquia, and Seminars in your Field
Explore Course Offerings and Working Groups Across Campus to Augment Skills
Regularly Review Disciplinary Journals and Other New Publications in Your Field
Prepare for and Take Preliminary and/or Qualifying Exams

Preliminary and/or Qualifying Exams allow you to demonstrate advanced knowledge, and should be taken on schedule to allow you to move on to completing your degree.

Complete a Master’s Project

Completion of a master’s project develops and demonstrates skills in research and mastery of advanced knowledge in a discipline that are valued in multiple career paths.

Write a Master’s thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Writing a thesis or dissertation shows mastery of advanced knowledge in a discipline and the ability to communicate that knowledge to technical and professional readers.