Preparing for Graduate School

When considering graduate school, there are a number of factors to take into account in order to decide whether it is the right career move, which school or program to choose, and when to attend. The Center for Career Development recommends reflecting upon your reasons for attending school, as well as the investment it will require of your time, energy, and resources. Doing your research on graduate schools can help you determine if it is the right step for you, as well as which program has the features that best meet your needs, such as academic curriculum, program length, faculty, program cost, school location, and funding opportunities.

Factors to Consider When Exploring Graduate School
This document provides an overview of five factors to keep in mind when considering applying to graduate school. For each factor, there are important questions for you to keep in mind when making this decision, as well as suggested action steps and resources to help you begin to answer these questions.

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Video: Understanding Graduate Education

Thinking you want to pursue a graduate degree? Use this video to help inform your decision about whether or not graduate school may be the right choice for you.

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Graduate School Application Timeline
Once you have made the decision to pursue graduate school, start thinking about gathering and submitting application materials. This resource document contains action steps for applying to Graduate School based on an 18-month timetable.

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