Graduate School Planning
No matter where you are in your academic career, the information in this section will help you explore your options and help you get into graduate school:
- How to research and evaluate graduate programs
- Timeline for applying to graduate school
- Graduate school entrance exams, when to take them and how to prepare
- Application essays: Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose
- How to pay for graduate school
At any time, you can discuss your graduate school decisions with a professional career coach. To talk with a career coach, make an appointment.
What is graduate school?
Graduate school offers training beyond a bachelor’s degree in a variety of academic subjects and professional fields.
Is graduate school for me?
- Graduate school involves an investment of time, energy and financial resources.
- Examine your reasons carefully. Are they logical? How committed are you?
- What are your career goals? How will a graduate degree help you reach your career goals? Is a graduate degree necessary?
Reasons NOT to go to graduate school
- Don’t go to graduate school because school is comfortable and familiar. If you’ve been successful in school, it’s tempting to want to continue, but this is not a good enough reason to go to graduate school.
- Don’t go to graduate school just to avoid or postpone having to look for a job.