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What is Grad School and Why Should You Go?

November 2021

This may seem like an unnecessary question, especially if you’re already here to search for a program. Grad school looks different to different people. Maybe you’re an undergrad student who wants to jump right into grad school after graduation, or you’ve been in the workforce for a while and think grad school may advance your career. Or perhaps you’re just tired of your current career and thinking about getting a graduate degree to switch careers entirely.

When deciding whether you want to go to graduate school, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. For example, will a master’s degree advance your career and salary? If you’re in the business, health care or education fields, then the answer is probably yes. If you’re in the film industry or a music major, the answer may be no. That’s not to say anyone from any major can’t or shouldn’t get a master’s or Ph.D. degree, but it may well depend on your future goals and plans.

What factors should I consider before acquiring a graduate degree?

When making your decision, consider the following:

  • Will a graduate degree provide promotion opportunities within your current career?
  • Will it afford you a salary increase within your current career?
  • Will your current employer contribute some or all to your advanced education? If not, can you afford a graduate degree?
  • Does your current lifestyle (e.g., full-time job, family) allow you the time needed to go to graduate school and complete the assignments?
  • If you want to change careers completely, will a graduate degree help in acquiring a new job in a new field?
  • If you’re an undergraduate student considering going straight into graduate school, will that second degree increase your chances of getting a job when you’re finished?

Finding the perfect program

Wherever you fall in the grad school decision-making process, can help you find the perfect program for your personal situation. We’re here for you at the beginning of your process, and we’ll continue to support you throughout your journey.

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