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Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students (Second Edition), by Dr. Donald C. Martin, is the first and only comprehensive book about graduate school. It is written by a career insider who seeks to educate and enlighten individuals not only about the research and application process, but also about how to succeed in graduate school.Road Map features 7 personal questions to ask about your motivation to earn a graduate degree, a 12-month checklist before applying, 7 ways to get recognized as an applicant, 7 deadly sins for applicants, how to respond if wait listed, denied or admitted, how to make the final enrollment decision, and 15 essential pointers on thriving in grad school.Road Map is: 1) perfect for college students and recent graduates; 2) invaluable for older students considering a graduate degree; 3) a great resource for career and educational advisors in counseling their students; 4) a must for parents and other "e;influencers"e; involved in the graduate school selection process.This book will educate readers on determining where to apply and enroll. Dr. Martin says, "e;Many graduate students find they made the wrong institutional choice, earned a degree they are not using, and/or put themselves in debt because they did not perform their due diligence."e;In short, Road Mapis the first, succinct and complete guide - the GPSif you will - for anyone wishing to pursue a graduate degree. Now in it's second printing, there is even more useful information, including online graduate programs.With two earned graduate degrees and nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in graduate enrollment and student services, Dr. Donald C. Martin has counseled, encouraged, and inspired thousands of graduate students. His work has taken him to over 60 countries, and his employers have included Columbia University, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Wheaton College (IL).



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Date de parution 01 juillet 2018
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EAN13 9780981543260
Langue English

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Second Edition
Dr. Donald C. Martin
Dedicated to all of the students with whom it has been my privilege to work
Copyright © 2018, Dr. Donald C. Martin
All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author or his heirs.
Printed in the United States of America.
Chapter 1:
Getting Started
(The Research Process)
Chapter 2:
Getting In
(The Application Process)
Chapter 3:
Getting Out
(Having A Sucessful Student Experience)
Chapter 4:
Frequently Asked Questions
“H ello…congratulations…and best wishes…” Thus begins this succinct, yet wonderfully comprehensive book – the Second Edition of Road Map for Graduate Study . As was also the case for its predecessor, this Second Edition of Road Map is actually an interactive guidebook between you, the reader, and the author, Dr. Don Martin, your knowledgeable and well-traveled tour guide. Noting the historic places and main events related to pursuing a graduate degree, Dr. Martin also brings to your attention the side-roads, the seemingly detours, the mile-markers to attend to and even some of the possible potholes to avoid.
So why this second edition book, and why now? Let’s take a quick look at some numbers: According to the 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly earnings of a bachelor’s degree holder are $1,156, or $60, 122 per year, while those with a master’s degree earn on average $1,380, or $71,760 per year. For a professional degree, the weekly earnings jump to $1,745, with an annual income of $90,740! While these numbers represent the median, with differences based on age, ethnicity and gender identification, I know you would agree that they are compelling…And these are just the financial benefits that are possible from completing graduate studies. The intrinsic and interpersonal rewards can actually be even more advantageous. So, let’s say that you’re now interested yet wondering, how do you get from where you are now to getting started toward an advanced degree?
I was a classroom student for a total of 20 years, and have been in several academic leadership positions for more than 14 years, so I have spent over half of my life thus far in school. While I have, therefore, greatly benefited from the encouragement of my family and the expertise of admission officers and enrollment managers, I have never taken carefully studied and delineated the steps in the process of moving from a pre-application stage, through admittance, to completing a degree. Some people see this ‘final stage’ as an ending yet for me it has always been the beginning of brand new opportunities!
In that spirit and through a writing style that is both conversational and accessible, Road Map carefully lays out the entire process in a steady flow of facts. What contributes to making Road Map truly a must- read is the attention the author pays to the associated feelings that these steps can evoke while also interweaving some of his own professional and personal perspectives.
Now, I suspect that many of you have never been in Don Martin’s gentle, reassuring presence. And even though this is the Second Edition of Road Map , it’s safe for me to imagine that most readers of this book have never before even heard of Don Martin. Well, I have and in Road Map , I could actually hear Don’s voice as he offers experience-based guidance, anticipates questions that you may not even realize you have, and suggests an array of possible “answers” for you to consider.
Through a balance of linearity and iteration, cycling backwards and forward with additional information, queries, and tips, this book actually humanizes a journey that could be experienced as impersonal and even objectifying. Road Map reminds us that we are all individuals who must ultimately be true to who we know ourselves to be, right now.
In short, (and yes, this book is only 106 pages long!), Road Map for Graduate Study wisely asserts that, regardless of your reasons, if you have the desire to pursue a graduate degree, then do so and fully immerse yourself in the process throughout. “As acknowledged by Dr. Don, as he is affectionately referred to by clients here and abroad, there are always multiple paths to any one goal. With that in mind, regardless of those we may select, we must at all times have as one of our goals, to risk living our lives most fully.”
So welcome to this next step in your life...and enjoy!
Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., March 2018
Professor and Dean Emeritus Director, Social Justice Initiative
Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
2018 Moses Distinguished Visiting Professor
Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College, CUNY, New York
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections.
BLS Mobile Service, “Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2016”, .
W elcome to the second edition of Road Map for Graduate Study!
You have most likely picked up, purchased or borrowed this book because you are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree. Congratulations for even thinking about doing this! And best wishes as you continue on with the process of preparing for and then earning your degree.
For most prospective graduate students there is both a sense of excitement and a degree of apprehension associated with the graduate school application process, as well as with succeeding once enrolled. While your undergraduate educational choice was most likely a joint venture with those who had a certain degree of authority and influence over you, such as family members, high school personnel, etc., the decision about when and where to attend graduate school is, for the most part, yours alone. You may have a sense of excitement about that. However, there may also be a sense of uncertainty as you contemplate “getting in,” and once enrolled, how you will handle everything, especially finances.
It may be helpful to know that in addition to being an enrollment management professional, I have been in your shoes twice. In 1983, I completed a two-year master’s degree program. Twelve years later I earned a Ph.D., which took six years to complete. In both instances, I started as a full-time student and completed my degree requirements part-time, after returning to the world of full-time employment. While the challenges and sacrifices were many, so were and continue to be the rewards – personally, professionally and financially.
While not initially aspiring to a career in enrollment management, I spent 28 years meeting and recruiting prospective students, evaluating their applications, working with them as students, and watching them move from matriculation to graduation. During this time I read and in some cases gave interviews for quite a few books and articles written about the graduate school experience. These publications were written by individuals who may have gone through the process at some point but none of whom spent their entire career in enrollment management. Based on some 38 years in the field, I believe I have something to offer from an “insider’s” perspective that can help you understand what happens on the “other side” of the table.
My thoughts/observations/suggestions are organized as follows: Chapter One focuses on the research process – the starting point for graduate study. Chapter Two has to do with the actual application process. Chapter Three addresses some critical tips about the student experience. Finally, in Chapter Four I respond to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of inquirers, applicants, admitted students and those currently enrolled in a graduate program.
Brevity is something I value most of the time. My communication style tends to be rather short on words. Therefore, this is not a 1,000-page volume that delves fully into every possible nuance of researching, applying for, and completing a graduate degree. Rather, I have focused my attention on discussing certain (and what I believe to be very important) issues that have been part of my work in the admissions/financial aid/ student services/career placement arena. Where applicable, I will provide examples of what I am suggesting and/or describing from the host of experiences I have encountered in my work. In addition, I provide opportunities for you to answer some questions as you move from chapter to chapter.
This second edition is much the same as the first, with added information on on-line graduate programs, a few additional sections in Chapter Two , and updated responses to questions in Chapter Four .
Happy reading and may your educational and professional goals/dreams become realities.
Donald C. Martin, Ph.D.
July 2018
I want to thank the following individuals for their invaluable assistance to me in the preparation of this book:
◆   Shelley Sapyta, Jen Welsch, and the team at Bookmasters/Baker and Taylor. You have been so very supportive over the years. It is a great pleasure working with all of you.
◆   Darlyne Bailey. You are my mentor and friend. Thank you for everything.
◆   My family – Lucy, Judy, Sharon, Marilyn, Debbie and Daron, Don and Kelly, Donna and Mike, Kim, Brendan, Jean and Bill. You are the best! I love you very much.
◆   Pedro, Leslie, Roger, Bob and Mary Lou, Tony and Miguel, Merilyn and Georgine. You are so very thoughtful and helpful. Thanks for your valued friendship.
◆   Kevin and Glady – Thanks for your valued friendship. Kevin, welcome to the Grad School Road Map team. Your expertise, insights and feedback are invaluable.
◆   Lancaster Bible College. Thank you for giving me my start in higher education.
◆   Wheaton

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