Graduate school constitutes an advanced program of study focused on a particular academic discipline or profession. Traditionally, graduate school has been "academic" (centered on generating original research in a particular discipline), but it may be "professional" (centered on developing skills and knowledge for a specific profession), or a combination of both.
Tips on finding a graduate program
Tips on the inquiry email to potential grad school advisors.
Does your graduate program need to be accredited?
Accreditation is the process where a designated educational association (regional or national) provides minimum educational standards and a peer-evaluation process to determine whether a school or program is able to receive accreditation.
Accreditation comes at several levels in higher education:
1) Institutional accreditation - colleges and universities are accredited by a set of six regional accrediting agencies. For example, Eckerd College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
2) Professional accreditation - programs within specific disciplines at a college or university may also be accredited by certain professional organizations. For example, the Council on Social Work education provides a directory of accredited social work programs at the baccalaureate and masters level.
Read more about accreditation from the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.
To find accredited programs for your area of study, go to your professional association's website.