Deciding to continue your education beyond your bachelor's degree is a big commitment and should be given much thought and consideration.
If you are considering graduate school either immediately after graduation or in the future, you will need to have a plan of action. Since attending a graduate program will cost you large amounts of time, money and effort, it is important that you have as much information as possible while you are making this important decision.
Things to Consider Before Attending
Before investing large amounts time, money and effort into attending graduate school, think about whether or not it is the right option for you. Specifically, here are some items to consider before committing to graduate studies:
- Are you career-focused? Do not pursue graduate studies just as a means to help you figure out what you want to do as a profession. If you do not know what you want to do, then arrange an appointment to meet with a career counselor in Counseling and Career Services
- Are you attending graduate school because you fear not being able to land a job in a weak job market? Unless some special advanced academic skills are required for a position, employers typically place more value on candidates with relevant experience in the form of an internship, co-op, practicum, etc. Many employers perceive individuals with advanced degrees just on equal ground with those holding only undergraduate degrees
- Does the career you are pursuing require an advanced degree or additional special training in order to attain some specific skills or certification/licensure? If not, then you might want to delay consideration of graduate school
- If you do need to acquire some specific additional skills, can you obtain the necessary training through other avenues? Sometimes you can do so through seminars/workshops or community college courses, which could save you time and money
- Is it your decision to attend graduate school? It is important that you truly are interested in expanding your knowledge and skills in the field of study. If you are being coerced into pursuing graduate studies by family or friends, then there is a strong chance that you may flounder in it due to your lack of self-motivation
Graduate School Application Assistance
Visit the Print Resources section of the Career Services website for helpful resources for preparing for graduate school, graduate school application timelines, and assistance with writing Personal Statements.
Graduate School and Test Prep Information
You are welcome to stop by Career Services in the Warde Academic Center, room L-208, to browse publications regarding graduate school. Here are some online materials that you might find useful.
Graduate School General Information and Program Search
Graduate School Admission Test Registration and Prep
Students preparing for graduate or professional school may also take advantage of these resources located in the department:
- Graduate school application guides
- Graduate school program information catalogs
- Registration bulletins for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT examinations
Additional Helpful Hints
- Starting with your initial graduate programs investigation right on down to making the final decision, it is imperative that you stayed organized. Keep all information you have gathered on different programs together in one spot.
- As you review the information already gathered, make a list of questions you have specific to each program. Feel free to contact graduate programs once you compile your list of questions
- Start gathering your letters of recommendations early and allow your references plenty of time to write those letters
- Take your time writing any admission essays. Make sure that you have others proofread anything that is written for admission review
- Apply to an adequate and feasible number of programs (approximately six). Realize that some programs are very competitive and you may not be admitted. It is better to admitted to more than one program so that you have some choices