The transition from undergraduate to graduate programs within and among Colleges and Universities frequently creates problems in student adjustment to a new environment and different sets of objectives.
A study of Agronomy students from the University of Georgia receiving the Master of Science degree between June 1972 and June 1983 was conducted to evaluate the influence of a course entitled Agronomic Research Methods. The course was designed to aquaint students with the importance of and methods of planning, conducting, and publishing thesis research. Data from the 89 full time students graduating during the study period show that students who included the course in their program of study completed degree requirements an average of four quarters earlier than students who did not enroll in the course. Sex and nationality were not related to time required for meeting degree requirements.
earlier degree completion, research methods course, graduate students