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4 Columbia Students and Alumni Changing the World with a Master’s Degree

The master’s programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies—one of the many programs in attendance at the Idealist Grad Fairs— bring together academic theory and professional practice, preparing students to propel their careers forward, take on leadership roles, and potentially, to pivot from one industry to another or even across sectors. With a master’s in hand, […]

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How to Test-Drive a Graduate Program

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Choosing a graduate school is not so different from purchasing a car (hear me out on this one). Both are “purchased” with the hope that they’ll get you from Point A to Point B, and they’re both significant investments. And trying to decide from among the hundreds of graduate programs out there can sometimes feel […]

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Graduate School: Which Path is Right for You? Part 2

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In the first post of this two-part series, I cover two aspects of choosing the right graduate degree, choosing between certificate, master’s, and PhD programs, and choosing between a subject matter degree (which teaches you the “what”) and a professional degree (which teaches you the “how”). Now it’s time to explore the different ways to […]

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Graduate School: Which Path is Right for You? Part 1

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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is from a friend of mine who, at the time, had just finished her master’s in library science and was preparing to move almost 300 miles away to start a PhD program. I was also at a pivot point in my life: I was switching […]

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