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Deciding to apply

 

When thinking about applying to graduate school, you need to decide whether it is an appropriate next step to achieve your career aspirations. Questions to ask:

Why am I considering graduate school?

  • Unsure of next steps
  • Required for my field
  • Required for my field

Will it help me achieve my career goals?

  • Opportunities expanded
  • Program related to my area of interest

Other items to consider:

  • Workload of a graduate program
  • Investment of time and money
  • What is my purpose for pursuing grad school?

Evaluating Programs of Interest

  • Who are the faculty you will be learning from?
  • What are the research interests of the professors?
  • Rankings may be importance for you to consider
  • What is the cost of the program compared to other schools you are considering?
  • Geographic location (in-state versus out-of-state tuition)
  • Funding opportunities available for students in program: Such as scholarships, fellowships, assistantships (RA, TA, PA)
  • Alumni and student data
  • Program websites- review a sample plan for completing degrees of interest
  • Format of the program (virtual, in-person, hybrid, part time, full time)

Most programs require the following:

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Program prerequisites

Graduate school application

Standardized test (example: GRE, MCAT, LSAT)