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 Career Services to schedule an appointment with a professional staff member.