Consider graduate school

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Ram M. Narayanan discusses the most important questions that arise in students' minds when considering graduate school after their undergraduate degree. It has been determined that someone with an M.S. degree will earn about 1.5 times more over their career compared to his or her classmate who holds only a B.S. degree. While a good GPA (grade-point-average) is mostly recommended, GPA is not the sole criterion for being admitted to grad school. Actually, there are several criteria used to evaluate applicants, and GPA is only one of them. Quite a large percentage of grad students are funded by the engineering departments. These come in two types, teaching assistantships (TAs) and research assistantships (RAs). Typically, TAs and RAs officially work 20 h per week maximum, with the remaining 20 h to take up to nine credits of coursework. Research can be enjoyable for both the student and the research adviser, especially when progress is being made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6807888
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Potentials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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