For some students and alumni, pursuing graduate school is an integral part of career development. Below are some questions to ask yourself and some factors to consider that may help you decide if graduate school is right for you.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What kind of positions am I qualified for with my undergraduate degree?
- Will a graduate degree be beneficial for better job offers, higher initial starting salaries, and advancement opportunities in my chosen career?
- What types of graduate and professional degree programs exist for my chosen career and where are they?
Factors to Consider
- What are the application procedures and admission requirements? (Including standardized tests such as the GRE or LSAT?)
- Will the program you’re interested in require a thesis or dissertation?
- How long will you have to complete the program of study?
- What about cost (cost of living, tuition, rent, health insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses)?
- Does the department or university offer assistantships to offset the cost of tuition?
- Will you have to participate in an internship, practicum, or field experience?
- Do you have enough relevant work experience?
- Does the program require passing comprehensive examinations?
- What is the rate of placement into full-time employment?
When considering graduate school, it can be very helpful to talk with UA professors in your desired field of study. Career Consultants can also help you know what questions to ask yourself and how to assess whether graduate school is right for you at the time. If it is, the Career Center can also help you as you formulate your resume and personal statement, among other preparations. If you would like to speak with a Career Consultant about graduate school, please make an appointment through Handshake.