Why should I attend?

Deciding whether to attend graduate or professional school is a big decision and requires careful consideration and planning. Before you begin filling out applications, you must decide on a program of study, research what schools are the best fit, and consider how you will finance your education.

Questions to consider before applying for graduate school

  • Is an advanced degree required to enter the particular profession I am interested in?
  • Is an advanced degree required to advance within my field of interest?
  • Do I love the field enough to obtain an advanced degree?
  • Do I have the financial resources to cover the cost of graduate school?
  • Am I burned out academically, and do I need to take time off?
  • Do I want to go to school full-time or part-time?
  • Do I have the personal qualities and skills that are needed to be successful in graduate school?
  • What different programs are available in my area of interest?
  • Is my GPA high enough to be competitive?
  • Are you familiar with entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT, PCAT, MCAT, etc.)?

Best reasons to attend graduate school

  • Your career goal requires an advanced degree, such as a professor, lawyer or doctor.
  • You want to specialize in a subject you feel is of great importance to you.
  • You want to advance in your career or change career directions.
  • You want or need to gain a certain level of certification or licensure.

Worst reasons to attend graduate school

  • You don’t want to get a job.
  • You want to postpone paying student loans.
  • You don’t know what you want to do.
  • You don’t think you can get a job.
  • You really like college and think graduate school is going to be just as fun.

For more information

Visit or call the Career Development and Advising Center to schedule an appointment with a professional staff member.