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.