Graduate programs involve specialized knowledge and concentrated study in one area of interest, typically building specialized skills to practice a profession or do research.
Graduate or professional school can be a rewarding and exciting experience if it is the right choice for you. Deciding whether to attend graduate or professional school and choosing a degree program are decisions that require careful consideration.
The Career Services staff is here to partner with you while you complete the process.
To Attend or Not to Attend
Because graduate study is focused on a specific field and requires substantial time and monetary commitment, we encourage you to make your graduate or professional school decision carefully. If you are uncertain about your chosen field of study, it might be useful to assess the following questions before making a graduate school decision:
What are your career goals? Where do you want to be in five years? Ten? Is a particular graduate degree necessary to get there?
Is graduate study a common requirement in your chosen field? Talk to people in the fields you are interested in. How did they get there? Is graduate school the only or best route to the career you want?
Have you considered other options? Compare your options. These include going directly to graduate school, working for a year or more (gap time), traveling or exploring for a year or more, or working in lieu of graduate school.
Have you gained any hands-on experience in your chosen field? Internships, summer jobs or mentorships within your field will test your interest and strengthen your application. Some graduate schools prefer applicants who have a year or more of applied experience (i.e. – MBA programs).