Prepare for Graduate School

Considering Graduate School?

Applying to graduate school is a long and intensive process. Before starting your application, consider some of these questions and talk with professors, career advisors, professionals in the field, current graduate students, and advisors about your responses.

Is graduate school right for me?

  • What are your career goals?
  • How will an advanced degree help you attain these goals? Is an advanced degree required?
  • Do you have the academic stamina to continue your education or do you need time off?
  • Do you possess the grades and test scores necessary for admittance into the program of your choice? (Most graduate programs will look for a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above)
  • Will full-time work experience enhance your candidacy for graduate school admittance?

When is graduate school not the answer?

Don’t go to graduate school simply because...

• you don’t know what you want to do for a career
• you are avoiding the job search
• your parents say you need to go
• you want a way to defer student loan payments
• you are unhappy with a current job