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Plan for Success

Write a 3-4 page paper outlining your plan for success in the Public Safety master's program. In your paper address the following.

•Identify the different elements in a graduate program versus an undergraduate program.

•What will you do differently than with your undergraduate degree?

•What adjustments do you need to make in order to achieve your goals as a scholar?

•What knowledge and skills will you need to be successful as a student in the Public Safety master's program?

Please note: This Assignment requires outside research. Use at least two outside research sources, to support your paper.

You may consult the Kaplan Online Library, the internet, other course material, and any other outside resources in supporting your task, using proper citations in APA style.

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A guided review of the differences between grad school and undergrad programs and study.

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I outlined the answers to the questions and left room for your own thoughts. Please read through and modify according to your needs. Additionally, address the skills and the specifics about the program you are entering. This can be found in the program description and use this as the basis for your other references.

Identify the different elements in a graduate program versus an undergraduate program.

The courses in undergraduate school are often more general in nature. While there are specifically designed courses for the different fields of study, those courses are generally at the higher levels and are still less focused and information driven that those found in graduate courses. Graduate courses are much more oriented to specific studies of fields and information. They tend to be more research based, with more emphasis on information gathering, analyzing and making connections and advancing fields the student outcomes expected. Classes at the graduate level require one to always be thinking critically and connections between theories and applications. The work is much more advanced, with the student responsible for meeting deadlines while digging deeper into the research to find new areas of thought and study to apply to problems.

This leads to the next part, the class sizes. Undergraduate classes are often much larger, with undergraduate classes more individualized. The work done by the graduate student will often be done on a one-to-one basis with the professors. At this level there are no "instructors," but instead, ...

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