More than 1,700 universities and other institutions offer graduate degree programs in the United States. This vast number means there are programs available to meet everyone’s needs, but how can you find the best program for you? This webpage will help you understand some of the information you need to make the right choices.

Graduate education in the United States will almost certainly be different from the system offered in your country. This chapter gives you an introduction to the graduate degrees available in the United States, the different types of institutions that exist, and some key terms and ideas you will come across if you want to study at a U.S. university.

The two graduate degrees offered in the United States are the master’s degree and the doctoral degree (PhD).

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