Graduate and Professional Degree Programs

Graduate programs award both master’s and doctoral degrees. They require two or more additional years of education beyond a bachelor’s degree. A study done by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that those with graduate degrees have a lower unemployment rate and earn more money over their lifetimes than those with bachelor’s degrees and a study from the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland fount that they may earn more than double the lifetime wage of those with just a high school diploma. For more information about graduate programs, click on one of the links below.

Graduate Programs in Ohio

Graduate degrees usually take two years of full time study for a master’s and three to ten years for a doctorate. Graduate degrees can be obtained in almost every topic, from American Culture Studies to Zoology. A bachelor’s degree is required to enter into a graduate program and many colleges and universities require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) as well. Since graduate programs vary so widely, options for almost every student are available, including online, accelerated, weekend and part-time programs. Use the links below to start your search for a program that fits you.

Ohio Public Universities


Not-for-Profit Institutions

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs in Ohio

Professional programs (first-professional degrees) require at least three years of additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree. These degrees are awarded in medical, legal, theological and veterinary fields and are required to pursue a career path as a medical doctor or a lawyer among others. For more information about law and medical programs, click on the links below.

Law Schools in Ohio

A Juris Doctor (JD) is the degree conferred by law schools. JD programs usually take three years to complete and focus on not only the law but reasoning and writing as well. A bachelor’s degree is required for entry as well as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Many JD programs are full time; however they may offer part-time or evening classes to accommodate working professionals. Please use the links below to start your search for the right fit for law school.

Law Schools in Ohio

Medical Schools in Ohio

Medical schools offer a wide range of degrees and specializations including: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.); Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (D.O.); and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry (D.P.M., D.P. or Pod. D.). Medical programs usually last for four years beyond the bachelor’s degree. To become a practicing physician, students must participate in a residency program for at least an additional four years. Medical schools not only require a bachelor’s degree, but many demand specific majors or certain numbers of credit hours in various disciplines. Students seeking a medical degree must also take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Use the links below to start your search for a medical school which will suit you.

Medical Schools in Ohio

Funding for graduate and professional programs varies. Contact individual programs to ask about scholarships, fellowships, research, teaching, and graduate assistantships. Learn more about funding here.