| Grad schools across the US offer a huge variety of specialized and advanced academic programs. As a result, grad schools in individual states--and even institutions within a state--have their own distinct character. The information below is a general guide for international students researching American grad schools, and is applicable to all states. For the most current and state-specific details, students should therefore also refer to individual state higher education agencies, as well as individual universities and colleges offering grad programs.
Graduate schools in the USA are generally for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to further their knowledge and research experience. Master's and doctoral (PhD) degrees are greatly valued by employers and can make a huge difference to your earning potential.
Graduate schools in every state offer programs in almost every area of study, including agriculture and bio-resources, allied health and health sciences, architecture, business administration, computer science, dentistry, engineering, film, fine and performing arts, humanities, law, liberal arts, library sciences, medicine, natural and applied sciences, naturopathic and holistic medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public administration and policy, religious and theological studies, teacher education and veterinary medicine. Some of the most popular graduate school fields among international students are business and management, engineering, social sciences, psychology and biological and biomedical sciences.
Many US graduate schools have both full-time and part-time study options, and programs may even be offered online. Interdisciplinary, collaborative and joint degrees are also options, allowing you to tailor your graduate studies to fit your personal interests, abilities and aspirations. Every graduate school has the same basic goal: to provide advanced-level study and research opportunities for committed students.
In this section you can learn about how to prepare for, choose, and apply to grad schools, and we've also provided information on international student scholarships, accreditation and grad school ranking. Still have questions? Check out our common questions section for some of the frequently asked questions that matter most to international students.