Graduate School Glossary

Below are some terms you may come across during your exploration and research.

  • Assistantship: A monetary award for which work is required; positions might include research or teaching assistant.
  • Dissertation: A research project conducted by a doctoral student after finishing courses and examinations. It consists of an original work that covers new areas within a specific discipline.
  • Fellowship: A scholarship that, in many cases, is awarded based on merit. There is no work required for a fellowship.
  • GMAT: Graduate Management Admissions Test
  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination
  • LSAT: Law School Admission Test
  • MAT: Miller Analogies Test
  • MCAT: Medical College Admission Test
  • Stipend: A monetary grant to a student to cover costs other than tuition and fees.
  • Thesis: A research project conducted by a graduate student, usually as a final requirement for a graduate degree.