Why Graduate School?

Before researching programs or preparing application materials, first reflect on your motivations for pursuing a graduate degree and honestly assess what you’re hoping to gain and why you feel a graduate degree is the right course of action. The decision to pursue an advanced degree should not be taken lightly. Graduate School is a tremendous investment of time, energy, and financial resources. Use the questions below to begin the reflection process:

  • Why do you feel you are ready to pursue a graduate degree? Are you committed to a specific field of study?
  • What are your personal and professional goals, and how will the degree help you achieve these goals?
  • Are you pursuing this degree for yourself or to satisfy the expectations of others?
  • In what ways might you benefit from a year or two of work experience before graduate school?
  • Are you willing and able to make the necessary financial commitment to support graduate school?

Examine your reasons carefully. Are they logical? How committed are you? Think about your future career; what degree will best prepare you? Talk with professionals in your field of interest to gauge how different degree options are viewed — you may also find there are a variety of paths to reach your intended destination. Overall, you need a clear understanding of your goals before applying and ultimately choosing a program. OCS can serve to supplement the advice of the faculty by focusing on how your decision integrates with your overall career goals and by supporting you through the application process.

Building Positive Relationships in Graduate School

Nov 20 BtP Event

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of free events to support graduate student and postdoctoral professional and career development. These events are free and open to anyone. On November 20th at 12pm EST, there will be an academic panel …

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Telling Your Transition Story to Non-Academic Employers

Nov 13 BtP Event

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of free events to support graduate student and postdoctoral professional and career development. These events are free and open to anyone. On November 13th at 12pm EST, there will be a webinar with …

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U.S. Army Medical Department Health Professions Scholarship Program Webinar

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Check out this prerecorded webcast on the Medical School Scholarship

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Opportunities for Humanities and Social Science PhDs in the Private Sector

Oct 16 BtP Event

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of free events to support graduate student and postdoctoral professional and career development. These events are free and open to anyone. On October 16th at 12pm EST, there will be a panel discussion …

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Financing Graduate School – PhD Programs

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Direct and Indirect Costs

The direct costs of attending graduate school include tuition and fees. Students are also often required to buy themselves health insurance in order to be enrolled. Each school has different tuition and fee charges and different …

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