- 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:
- 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
- Special strengths and weaknesses
- Student/Faculty ratio
- Curriculum and services
- Placement opportunities
- Library and technology resources
- Geographic location
- Selectivity of admissions
- Housing and facilities
- Amount of financial support