Is Graduate School for you?
After finishing your undergraduate degree, you may wish to continue your education in a graduate or professional program. Graduate schools typically offer degrees in academic disciplines such as business or psychology, while professional schools prepare individuals to practice a certain profession such as law or medicine.
Before committing to Graduate School, it’s recommended that you talk to your faculty advisor and Career Services to discuss your plans.
Deciding to go to graduate school:
Carefully answer the following questions to help you take the first step.
- What are my career interests and goals?
- Is graduate study necessary to attain those goals?
- Will an advanced degree make me more marketable to an employer or am I delaying my post-graduation job search?
- Am I willing to invest the time and energy to take on another degree program?
- Can I afford it now?
- Do I have the grade-point average and test scores to get into graduate school?
Choosing the school/program:
Begin researching at least a full year before your anticipated start date.
You will want to consider program of study, location, cost, success of graduates, admission requirements, and program requirements (thesis, practicum, etc.).
There are many resources available to do research:
- Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs is published in six volumes. They are located in the Career Services Resource Center or visit online at: www.petersons.com.
- The Graduate School Guide is available in the Career Services Resource Center too or visit online at: www.graduateguide.com.
- More information is available at MyPlan.
- Take the time to visit the campus and/or talk to current students and faculty.
- Many graduate programs are now available online so that is another option to consider.
Applying to graduate school:
- It’s important to be aware of deadlines to submit your application, test scores, and letters of recommendation – each school is different.
- There are several graduate admission tests but the most common are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
You may also need to submit your resume and an interview may be part of the application process for admission.