Graduate School Resources

Graduate programs offer advanced study in a field or discipline, providing you with the skills to practice a specific profession (professional degree) or to engage in original research and teaching (research-based degree). A master's or doctoral degree can lead to positions in academia and in the public and private sectors.

American Studies alumni have gone on to pursue a variety of advanced degrees including:

Master of Arts in American Studies

Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Master of Arts in Dance Therapy

Master of Arts in American Studies

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Educational Counseling

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Master of Science in Education – Curriculum Design and Instruction

Master of Science in Education – International Education

Master of Science in Journalism

Master of Business Administration

Master of Public Health

Master of Teaching in English

Juris Doctor

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre History

Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies

Getting Started

It is important to reflect on your personal, academic, and professional goals to decide if pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree is right for you. There are a variety of resources available on campus to support you in exploring graduate study options including the Pre-Grad/Pre-Law advisors to support you as you explore the possibility of graduate school. In addition to Pre-Grad/Pre-Law Advising resources, you may discuss your graduate school interests with the Student Affairs Officer and/or American Studies Faculty Advisor. The American Studies Faculty Advisor is available to you as a resource if you would like to learn more about pursuing a graduate degree in American Studies or career in academia.

Graduate School Resources

  • UC Davis Pre-Law Pre-Grad Advising
  • Pre-Graduate/Law Advising supports students in the exploration of, preparation for, and application to graduate, professional school or law school through workshops, advising appointments, and special events. They also host an annual Graduate and Law School Fair and offer a Summer Prep Program for the GRE. To learn more about Pre-Graduate/Law Advising opportunities or to schedule an appointment please visit
  • UC Davis Health Professions Advising
  • The Office of Health Professions Advising serves all UC Davis undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni pursuing any health profession or allied health field.  They offer 1-on-1 advising, host an annual Pre-Health Conference, and other programs and events to support students in preparing for health professions. To learn more about Health Professions Advising please visit
  • K-12 Teaching Resources CAL MAST
  • The UC Davis CalTeach/Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (CalTeach/MAST) provides students with opportunities to explore careers in mathematics and science education. To schedule an advising appointment with CalTeach/MAST or learn more about their program please visit