Graduate School

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.

Mentoring Master Class: Peer Mentoring Groups

Mentors shape our careers by guiding us through difficult decisions. But, how do you find a good mentor? In this series, Dr. Joanne Kamens advocates for the use of Peer Mentoring Groups as a method to provide and receive valuable …

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4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium

We invite you to the 4th Annual Postdoc Symposium to be held ONLINE on Tuesday, June 15th, and on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. The symposium welcomes Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists (ARS) from all departments and fields of research to …

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Applying To (and Paying For!) Graduate School (videos)

Thinking about graduate school? Wondering how to approach the application process and funding? Watch these two great videos to find out. Both review the general application approach and process; the first video also includes information about fellowships you might want …

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Thinking about Applying to Grad School? Talk to Yale’s Grad School Advisors!

Are you thinking about applying to graduate school (MA/MS/PhD) but don’t know where to begin? Are you starting your application process but want some extra eyes on your materials? Do you want to talk through whether an MA/MS/PhD is even …

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Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School

 

Personal Statements

Preparing a well-written and effective personal statement (sometimes referred to as statements of purpose or personal essays) that clearly articulates your preparation, goals, and motivation for pursuing that specific graduate degree is critically important. You will need …

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