Graduate Education

Is graduate school right for you?

It’s time to take the next step and reach for that advanced degree. Or is it? Talk to your faculty advisor or our career development counselors to decide whether a graduate degree is right for you.

Here are some of the questions you should consider:

  • Do you know what your short- and long-term goals are and how a graduate degree can help you achieve them?
  • Is it best to go for a graduate degree right away, or work a few years?
  • Do you want to enter a profession that requires an advanced degree? (some examples are medicine or law)
  • Can a single topic or narrow range of topics sustain your interest for the next 2-7 years? Are you comfortable initiating and carrying out independent research? (Most Ph.D. programs are highly academic and research oriented).
  • Are you willing to invest the time, energy, and money associated with going to graduate school? Have you thoroughly investigated these costs? Have you checked out scholarships?
  • Have you thought through personal factors (i.e. family, relationships, geography) that may play into your decision? It's a good idea to consider these factors as you seek an appropriate place to apply.
  • Will you achieve higher potential for future promotion? Obtaining a graduate degree does not always lead to a high-paying job right away, but it can open up opportunities for future promotions. Will your employer pay for your graduate education?
  • Would an international fellowship (e.g. Fulbright) help you realize your goals and ambitions?

Your faculty advisor or the career counseling staff will help you through the process and help you decide if a graduate degree is the next step for you. Download handouts on a wide range of graduate school preparation topics.