Graduate school is a major commitment after an undergraduate degree. It constitutes an advanced program of study (master's, PhD) focused on a particular academic discipline or a specific profession. Graduate school is an opportunity to examine a field of your choice with more specificity and direction. Individuals seek graduate education generally for two reasons: Intellectual curiosity and professional advancement.
Listed below is a collection of links to help you locate, prepare for, and succeed in graduate school. In addition to the CSUEB faculty members, who have a wealth of knowledge concerning graduate programs, the counselors in Academic Advising and Career Education can also assist you in shaping your goals and plans for postgraduate work. Please stop by during our walk-in hours or call (510) 885-3621 to make an appointment.
The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education
The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, have been designed particularly to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs. The groups include low-income and first-generation college students and especially African Americans, American Indians, Chicanos/Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Asian American women, and Asian American men in the arts, humanities and letters, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, engineering, education, and health-related fields.
Fall 2013 Forum at Saint Mary's College
For CSU East Bay Graduate School or other CSU campuses
General Information on Graduate/Professional school resources:
This is a useful list of best graduate schools, articles, forums - overview of schools.
- U.S. Department of Education site to locate colleges/universities by region, major, name.
- Gradprofiles.com - Graduate and Professional School Directory
- Gradschools.com - General search data base of graduate schools
- UTexas.edu - UT-Austin Web Central links to regionally-accredited institutions of higher education in the United States, alphabetically and by state.
- Cpec.ca.gov - Guide to California Colleges and Universities, public & private
- California Community College Directory
- California State University Directory
- California State University System
- University of California System
Most graduate and professional schools require test scores for admission. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General and Subject tests are required by many academic programs (Masters and Doctoral degrees). MBA programs usually require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Other tests are required in other fields such as the LSAT for law school, and the MCAT for medical school.
- Ctc.ca.gov - California Commission on Teacher Credentialing information (CBEST, PR AXIS, SSAT, MSAT …)
- Graduate Record Exam(GRE) home page
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) home page
- Law School Admission Test
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) home page
GRE Note: When you register for the GRE, sign up for the free Graduate Record Exam Search Service to find out about graduate schools that search for students like you. You will receive information from graduate and professional schools whose recruitment profile matches your qualifications and level of preparedness.
There are several resources available to help you prepare for the tests required for graduate studies.
- Beckercpa.com - Becker Convisor CPA Review (CPA)
- Extended & Continuing Education - CSUEB Extended and Continuing Education offers various exam preparations
- Prepmaster.com - LSAT Intensive Review, has a free on-line Diagnostic Exam
- Review.com - Various exam reviews and preparations from The Princeton Review
- San Jose State University: Offers various exam preparations, look under Continuing Education
- Kaplan.com - Various exam preparations, ask about an on-campus Free Practice Test, check out the Free Practice On-Line Tests.
- Testing4.org - Testing for the Public offers various exam preparations
Check with each graduate school's financial aid office and the Masters/PhD program in each school you are applying to.
- CollegeNET.com has over 600,000+ scholarships
- FastWeb.com has a database 375,000+ scholarships/fellowships/grants/student loans
- Finaid.org - Financial aid & scholarship information + links to federal/private/other funding
- Ed.gov - Department of Education's Office of Post secondary Education provides descriptions of the types of programs offered for graduate and professional students
- Federal Student Aid for Graduate Students
Search for graduate programs, advice on decisions and application processes
- The Princeton Review
Search for graduate programs, financial issues, entrance test preparation
Find MBA programs
- LSAC.org -- official site of the Law School Admission Council
Access articles on topics related to preparation for graduate school and important steps in the application process
- Directory of Teaching Degree Programs
Includes over 20,000 teacher education degree and certificate programs