To obtain an advanced degree, students typically complete both coursework and research requirements with the guidance of a graduate advisor.
Students achieve different objectives through coursework and research. They learn well known, advanced concepts in the classroom. Outside the classroom and with the help of advisors, they learn concepts and techniques particular to their research topic. During graduate studies, students are expected to synthesize current knowledge, learn new information, and conduct research independently. The student’s plan of study should be constructed with enough breadth and depth to provide a foundation for lifelong learning in the field of interest, with anticipation for evolution of the field throughout the student’s career.
Graduate students are expected to demonstrate research accomplishment during graduate studies. This accomplishment must be significant, as measured against the standards of the field, and must include an important, independent, and original contribution by the student. Through research experiences and interactions with faculty and peers, students should learn good research practices and the theories and methodologies appropriate to their fields of study.