F.A.Q.s About A Ph.D.

The traditional goal of undergraduate education is to provide students with broad-based knowledge and skills needed to be a productive member of society. Many students pursue a college degree to help them improve the lives of their families and communities, as well. Graduate education, especially at the doctoral level, means diving more deeply into a subject to develop a professional level of expertise.

According to U.S. Census data in 2013, only 1.68 percent of Americans over the age of 25 have a Ph.D. CSULB’s BUILD program aims to help undergraduate students, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, prepare for and pursue a Ph.D. However, many students don’t know what this entails. This page was created to help answer some of the students’ questions about doctoral degrees and what it means to go to graduate school to earn one.