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Making Your Master’s Degree a Reality: 50+ Must-Have Online Resources

From getting admitted into a program to acing your exams, staying healthy, and finding post-grad employment, make earning your master’s degree possible with valuable resources that every grad student can benefit from.

Author: OMD Staff

Editor: Staff Editor

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Whether you’re entering a master’s program straight from earning your undergrad degree or coming from and already established career in the professional world, graduate school can be challenging. And, in fact, it’s supposed to be. Not only do you have to be academically and financially prepared, you’ll also need more advanced study skills, new self-care routines, and solid plans for how to put your master’s degree to use once you graduate. So how do you figure it all out?

Luckily, there’s no shortage of resources out there designed to help students get ready for graduate-level studies, make the most out of their enrollment, and ultimately walk away with that coveted master’s degree. Discover how you can go from grad school hopeful to master’s student to graduate with the help of the valuable online resources below.


Preparing for Your Degree

Not all master’s programs require the GRE or GMAT. But if you do need to take one of these exams, finding the best resources and giving yourself enough time to study will be absolutely key. Once you clear that hurdle, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for other academic preparation sources out there to help prepare you for graduate-level studies, whether you’re planning to attend in-person or online. Here are some great resources to help you transition to grad school life.

  • Planning for Grad School: The Ultimate Guide for Students

    From applying and acceptance to finances and social life, learn how to prepare for your grad school experience. Get insight and advice from a higher education expert and stay on track with our downloadable grad school checklist.

  • The Ultimate GRE Prep Guide: Expert Advice & Resources to Ace the Exam

    GRE test scores are often a primary component of the admissions selection process, so you’ll want to get the highest score possible. Check out this guide that focuses on the general test where you’ll find plenty of study tips, test resources, and strategies to do your best.

  • Grad School Interview Questions, Answers, and Tips to Prepare

    Your admissions interview with a graduate school admissions representative is an important opportunity to form a personal connection. Our expert panel of admission professionals will provide some great sample answers, and our tips and resources will leave you well-prepared to ace your admissions interview.

  • Military Friendly Programs

    Active military personnel and veterans need extra support when pursuing a master’s degree. An online program can provide tailored financial and academic assistance while service members pursue their degrees regardless of where they’re stationed.

  • Graduate School Lifestyle Changes

    Your life during your master’s program is going to be different from you lived during your undergraduate studies. Idealist.org provides actionable advice on how master’s students can best handle time management, budgeting, finding work, and more.

  • Graduate School for Working Professionals

    Headed back to school for a master’s degree but keeping your day job? The University of Washington offers ten valuable tips to working professionals seeking to manage their studies while keeping up with their careers.

  • How to Choose the Right Graduate School

    Duke University provides tips on what to look for in a graduate program. You’ll also find a checklist of essential characteristics of good master’s programs, advice on submitting a strong application, insights on how applications are evaluated, and an admissions FAQ section.

  • How to Get a Master's Degree

    Franklin University offers eight tips for successfully completing your master’s degree. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, take advantage of important campus resources, and mentally prepare for your program – even before it starts.

  • Mastering the GMAT

    Studying for the GMAT can be a major component of your master’s application process. Learn the strategies you’ll need to tackle the GMAT and gather valuable resources to help you along the way.

  • Preparing for the Graduate School Admissions Interview

    While not a requirement for all master’s programs, admissions interviews are a common step for many program applicants. Idealist.org provides some excellent tips for prospective master’s students looking to make a positive impression in their admissions interview.

  • Yale University Open Courses

    Need to get your academic juices flowing again? Warm up your brain with recorded lectures for entire classes at Yale. Taught by distinguished teachers and scholars, classes are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats.


Paying for School

Pursuing a master’s degree is a significant financial investment for just about anyone. It’s important that you consider all of the funding and financial aid options available, including work-study programs, grants, scholarships, fellowships, federal and private loans, and more. The ultimate goal is to make sound financial decisions and avoid taking on any or too much debt. The resources below will help you earn your degree without breaking the bank.

  • American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

    Students with Native American heritage can apply for scholarships and fellowships through the AIGC. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited degree program and provide the necessary documentation of their tribal affiliation.

  • Cappex Scholarship Search

    Cappex’s scholarship site offers easy-to-use tools to locate sources of funding at nearly every academic institution in the U.S. The site includes special search criteria for specific demographics, including first-generation students, non-U.S. citizens, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and more.

  • Chegg

    Chegg provides an excellent list of financial aid tips and resources, including how to save money on textbooks by renting, where to find internships and tutors, and a subscription service for writing assistance. You can even use their online plagiarism scanner to make sure you’re citing sources correctly in your academic papers.

  • Federal Work-Study Programs

    These part-time jobs, which are typically on campus, help students in financial need pay for their college educations. Check with your school’s financial aid office to see if they participate in this program.

  • Financial Pressures for Graduate Students

    Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, provides concrete suggestions on how to manage graduate school expenses, financial aid, and budgeting while in your master’s program.

  • First-Generation College Student Scholarships

    The GoingMerry site provides a great list of 20 scholarships for first-generation college students, many of which are available for graduate programs. A free account matches you with other scholarship options.

  • How to Pay for Grad School: 8 Ways to Save

    From fellowships and tax credits to employer tuition assistance and assistantships, this guide helps you consider the best strategies for paying for and saving money during your master’s program.

  • How to Prepare Your Personal Finances Before Graduate School

    In addition to paying your tuition bills and expenses for school supplies, you’ll have rent, utilities, food, insurance, and more to pay for as well. This guide will help you make the best financial preparations before you enter your grad program so you can be ready for anything that life or school throws at you.

  • Meaningful Graduate School Connections and Mentorship

    Provided by GradResources.org, this tool allows you to connect with a current or former graduate student for advice on financial aid, navigating the academic field, study tips, and more. You may also be able to access helpful local community resources.

  • Out to Innovate Scholarships

    Out to Innovate provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. These awards are for students in a STEM field.

  • Paying for Grad School: Where and How to Start

    This Northeastern University guide lays out the essential steps to locate and secure financial aid for graduate school to make sure you cover all your bases and not overlook valuable opportunities.

  • Tips for Landing a Graduate Assistantship

    A graduate assistantship, which is typically offered through your department or graduate school, is one of the best ways to fund your education. Assistantships usually require 10-20 hours of work per week in exchange for covering your tuition costs. Some additionally come with a small stipend to help you pay for living expenses.

  • Top Minority Student Scholarships in 2021

    This Scholarships360.org list of funding opportunities for minority students includes many scholarships that provide money for students in particular areas of study.

  • U.S. Federal Loans

    One of the most common resources for graduate students to fund their educations is the federal student loan. While federal loans still must be repaid, you’ll get a better interest rate than with private loans.


Studying Like A Scholar

Most master’s degrees require a substantial amount of academic research and writing. You’ll need to develop advanced studying and note-taking skills along with ability to digest and understand extensive readings. From research tools and organizational smartphone apps to study tips and writing labs, here are some of the best resources available today to help you get the most out of your master’s program.

  • Best Phone Apps for Graduate Students

    As a master’s student, technology should be one of your best friends. Offered by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, this list of student-centered phone apps can help you save time and energy as you strive to meet the demands of grad school life.

  • Google Scholar

    Regular Google is a valuable tool, but Google Scholar will help you find more credible information from scholarly sources. Instead of sifting through ads, blogs, and sites of questionable credibility, Google Scholar helps you quickly and effectively locate accurate information for your best master’s-level papers.

  • Is Earning a Master’s Degree Worth It?

    Find out if earning a master’s degree will be a worthwhile investment in your profession and discover the fields where a master’s degree makes the biggest impact.

  • Purdue University Writing Lab

    Purdue’s award-winning writing lab isn’t just for Purdue students. Anyone with an internet connection can access these valuable writing resources and instructional materials. Get help with research, citations, ESL challenges, and more.

  • Tips for Taking Online Classes

    Provided by Northeastern University, these eight strategies will help you meet the unique challenges of remote learning.


Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

Navigating your master’s degree should be free of concerns about feeling welcome and included by your peers and professors. To help empower students from diverse backgrounds, we’ve compiled the following guides and resources aimed at helping you fully engage in your academic journey — without the burden of exclusionary worries.

  • Empowering Women in STEM to Pursue Master’s Degree

    Women have made significant gains in science, technology, engineering, and math over the several years, but are still vastly under-represented in STEM fields. Find lots of great tips and resources to help close the gender gap during your master’s degree studies.

  • LGBTQIA+ Student Resources

    This comprehensive guide offers information on finding campus resources, healthcare providers, scholarships, student organizations, and more for those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Resources for Homeless Students

    If you’re a master’s student struggling with housing or food insecurity, this list of great resources will help you keep progressing toward graduation despite those challenges. There’s also information here on scholarships and financial aid for unhoused learners.


Prioritizing Health & Wellness

One of the biggest challenges faced by online master’s students is finding the time for your education, career, commitments, and loved ones was you earn your degree.

  • Supporting Graduate Students with Mental Health Resources

    More universities and colleges today recognize that graduate students face mounting pressures while pursuing their master’s degrees leading to serious mental health issues. Learn how you can best manage your mental health during graduate school by recognizing and understanding the conditions and symptoms to look for.

  • 15 Strategies for Self-Care in Graduate School

    It might seem obvious, but practicing self-care is essential to your success in grad school and beyond. This University of Texas San Antonio article provides some valuable tips and links to promote better self-care.

  • Introduction to Self-Care

    Want to take a closer look at how self-care practices can benefit your academic studies and personal life? This University of Buffalo guide features detailed explanations and links to valuable related resources.


Starting Your Career

After finishing your master’s degree, hitting the job market might seem a bit daunting. But with the right resources, it doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. Job search tools are available to help you save time and energy, and ensure you’re applying for the right jobs based on your needs, wants, and skills. The resources below can help you jumpstart your job search upon completing your master’s program.

  • The Balance Careers

    The Balance Careers’ resume writing, cover letter, and interviewing guides will help you make sure your application materials are in top shape. You’ll also find help on work-life balance, obtaining leadership and management experience, and more.

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Industries at a Glance

    Not sure which industry you’d like to work in? Looking for a job in a particular location? BLS’s Industries at a Glance site can help you zero in on a rewarding career that fits your unique skills and desired location.

  • CareerOnestop

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOnestop offers an excellent search engine and exploratory tool. Whether you’re looking to find an in-demand career in a particular area, find jobs that meet your salary requirements, or locate a new field for a career change, CareerOnestop can help.

  • Careers for Veterans

    If you’re a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, there are a number of dedicated job search tools out there for you including this one. Military.com features an easy-to-use search engine, links to upcoming job fairs, a military skills translator, and free employment master classes.

  • Handshake

    From full-time positions to summer internships, Handshake is a great platform for undergraduate and graduate students to locate employment opportunities. This site is highly favored by campus career services offices. All you need is an “.edu” email address to open an account.

  • How to Market Your Master's Degree to Employers

    This Northeastern University page will help you highlight your soft and hard skills and specialized knowledge. You’ll also learn how to make the most of your hands-on experiences and transferable skills so you’ll get noticed by hiring managers.

  • Indeed Career Guide

    Besides having one of the most active and diverse job boards on the web, Indeed.com offers “The New Graduate’s Guide to Job Search” for first-time job seekers. You’ll get tips on researching companies, salary trends, and how to make the most of the time you spend seeking employment.

  • Wittenberg University Career Services

    Narrow your job search with this valuable career services page. Wittenberg offers a list of resources by industry so you can locate great opportunities quickly.