Graduate Considerations

If you are planning to apply to graduate school, please carefully review the below information prior to completing your applications.
 
Questions to Ask Yourself:
  • What are both my short and long-term goals?
  • Are my goals personally realistic?
  • Is an advanced degree required to obtain my career goals?
  • Do I really love the field enough to narrow my studies and obtain an advanced degree?
  • Do I have the necessary academic ability and interest to be successful in graduate school?
  • Am I choosing graduate school to delay the process of finding a job?
  • Am I choosing graduate school because I feel there are no other options at this time?
  • Am I willing to invest the time, effort and expense to complete an advanced degree?

You May Choose Graduate School if you Have a:

  • Clear intent of what career you want to pursue and an advanced degree is required for entrance.
  • Desire to immerse yourself in the study of a specific academic discipline.
  • Desire to practice in a specialized career.
  • Desire for a complete career change.
  • Desire for career/salary advancement that requires a graduate degree.
  • Desire to switch from practitioner to administrator.
  • Need for professional licensing in your career.

Evaluate Graduate Schools:

  • www.gradschools.com
  • www.petersons.com
  • www.schoolguides.com/resource.html
  • University's Faculty/Staff recommendations
  • Graduate school guide books

The resources above briefly outline the academic programs, financial aid resources, cost of study, application requirements, exams required for entry and other information.

Evaluate Graduate Programs:

  • Prestige of the institution/accreditation
  • Faculty reputation and interests
  • Size of departments
  • Specialization(s)
  • Special strengths and weaknesses
  • Student/Faculty ratio
  • Curriculum and services
  • Placement opportunities
  • Library and technology resources
  • Geographic location
  • Selectivity of admissions
  • Housing and facilities
  • Enrollment
  • Amount of financial support