Going to Graduate School

Why consider graduate school?

People pursue graduate studies for a variety of reasons. Some do it simply because they want to deepen their knowledge in a subject they are passionate about. Others require a graduate degree in order to prepare for their future careers, whether that is in an academic environment or a profession such as medicine or law. Graduate school can also provide the means for a career change, especially if someone’s prior education is different than their intended career. For most people, pursuing graduate school is due to a combination of reasons.

It is not necessary to apply to graduate school immediate following your undergraduate degree – in fact many programs prefer that applicants have some work experience before they begin a graduate program. In addition, you can pursue graduate study in a different subject area than your undergraduate degree, although having some related work and/or academic experience is very beneficial.

Graduate school is different than undergrad in that it will give you an opportunity to really focus in on a subject area with others who are also passionate about your field. Grad school is an intense experience and generally includes research and more in-depth study than undergraduate coursework. There are typically more financial support options for grad school as well, including working as a teaching or graduate assistant.

For more specific questions about grad school, it can be helpful to talk to faculty on campus who work in your chosen subject area. Faculty are often very helpful with choosing schools to apply to, finding letters of recommendation and assisting with writing personal statements or writing samples.

For more general questions, schedule an appointment with the grad school advisor today.

Anna Tognazzini
Assistant Director, Health Professions and Graduate School Advising

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Graduate Admissions Guide
Writing Personal Statements
Questions to Ask Graduate/Professional School Reps
Guidelines for Obtaining Letters of Recommendation
Writing a CV

Practice Interview

If your application includes an interview, consider scheduling a practice graduate school interview with the Graduate and Pre-Professional Programs Advisors at 360-650-4240. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate short notice requests.