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When Should I go to Graduate School?

Deciding when to go to Graduate School is not always an easy decision. Here are a few things to think about, but also reach out to faculty members as well as the Center for Career Development for additional information.

Immediately after Graduation

  • If an advanced degree is REQUIRED for you to meet your career goals
  • After 4 years of college, you are in the "academic groove." It may be easier for you to continue with that mindset.
  • Some people think that once you start to earn a paycheck, it may be difficult to give up all or part of your salary to be a student again.

Delay Graduate School for a Year or More

  • In some cases, employers actually prefer employees with experience and an advanced degree.
  • Your financial situation may dictate that you to enter the workforce after graduation.
  • If you need additional help to finance your graduate degree, you may want to work for an employer that will pay for all or part of your education.

Part-time While Working

Full-time work and part-time school is a good option for many people. There are a few points to keep in mind:

  • Going to grad school part-time will take much longer than going full-time. Consider how this might affect your career goals.
  • Some lifestyles are not compatible with working during the day and going to school at night. You will need to decide if this will work for you.
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