Deciding to go to graduate school is a complex process, with many factors to consider. Graduate school is a major commitment of several years, money, intense coursework and research, and is much more demanding than your undergraduate program. Examine your personal motivations and educate yourself about graduate school; both are essential to making an informed decision. The answers to the following questions may help.
A clear picture of what you want in your career will let you know whether an advanced degree will help you get there. Graduate school may not be for you, at least not now, if:
If any of these are true for you, invest some time and energy with the staff of the Career and Life Design Center let us help you with: self-assessment, career exploration, and planning.
If you do know what you want, do the research to learn if a graduate degree will help you get there. While certain careers, such as doctors and lawyers, definitely require an advanced degree, many fields offer job opportunities at the undergraduate level. In some situations, having an advanced degree could actually hinder your job search if you have little or no job experience. Graduate degrees are also highly specialized; you will not earn an MBA and then work as a counselor or a physical therapist. Again, take the time to be certain of your desired career path first.
Some reasons to enter grad school right out of college:
Some reasons to work a few years before graduate school:
These will in part be determined by the individual requirements of the schools to which you are applying.
“Thinking about Graduate School?”
Below are the Graduate school section resources:
Curriculum Vitae Worksheet
GRE Prep GuideCollege Resource Center
Guide to Financial Aid for Online Colleges