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Thinking of Graduate School?

Do you like archaeology so much you want to continue its study, and maybe even make a career in the field? Graduate school is something you might want to think about.

Why go to graduate school? If teaching at the secondary or university level interests you; if museum work (in curatorial or administrative positions) interests you; if Cultural Resource Management or Historic Preservation interests you — then you probably need more study time and additional degrees to succeed.

One immediate thing to keep in mind: there are more options to graduate school than simply the Ph.D. Depending on what your goals are, you may find that only one or two years of graduate work (e.g., for a Masters degree) will give you what you need.

Graduate school is a commitment: make no doubt about it. The workload can be intense. Pursuit of the Ph.D., for example, will take you several, usually at least five or six, years. Making big money is not in the cards. On the more positive side, you spend your time studying a subject that means a great deal to you, and have the opportunity to work and talk with other people who share the same passion.

The most important advice we can provide: Students are strongly encouraged to talk to their concentration advisor or other mentors early and often about their graduate school ambitions.

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