Career & Life Planning

Applying to Graduate School

Grad School or Job?

Learn more about whether graduate school is right for you.

Going to graduate school is a tremendous investment of time, energy and financial resources. Take time to think about WHY you want to attend graduate school.

Good Reasons to Go to Graduate School:

  • An advanced degree is required for entrance into your chosen field. 
  • You are willing to complete additional coursework or gain work experience to be competitive.
  • You have researched the profession and there is a strong match between your skills, interests, values and what the program specifics.
  • You have a strong desire for advanced studies, regardless of your specific career goal.
  • You want to teach at the college level or conduct research.
  • Obtaining an advanced degree will increase your earning potential.

Consider Alternatives to Graduate School If..

  • You hope to avoid or delay your job search.
  • You are still uncertain about your career direction.

Schedule an appointment with a counselor in the Center for Career & Life Planning to discuss your options.  Read Taking a Year Off to learn about alternatives to immediately entering graduate school.

Pre-Med or Pre-Law? Contact an Advisor:

Pre-Law Advising: Eric Smaw, 
Pre-Health Advising: Terumi Rafferty-Osaki,