Navigating Graduate School™
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Graduate School Advice
Not advice in the traditional sense but rather a collection of useful content to help you navigate graduate school. Our goal is to get you the best information we can come up with or find to help you answer your questions. Is there a question you can't seem to find an answer to? Ask us and we will write or find content that provides you with an answer.
Recent Questions and Answers
How am I going to Pay for Graduate School?
There are a variety of options to pay for graduate school. The most common method is to take out student loans. Student loans are less accessible and usually more costly than student loans you may have used to complete your undergraduate degree. There are, however, options for financing graduate school that do not involve loans. Seek out assistantships, scholarships/grants or learn more about work study programs to pay for graduate school without adding more debt.
What are the benefits of going to graduate school?
The benefits of graduate school depend on your desired career path. Some professions require advanced degrees for entry-level employment while advancement opportunities only become available with additional education. Simply put, the benefits are more specialized knowledge in a particular field of study. However, consider the many reasons to pursue graduate studies and if a graduate degree is important for your career goals.
Why Should I go to Graduate School?
You should go to graduate school for two reasons. First, your chosen career may require advanced degrees for getting a job. In this case, it is important to consider you career plans and understand which jobs require a graduate degree and which ones do not. Second, a graduate degree may provide you an upper hand in landing a job or getting a promotion. Often adult learners will go back to school mid-career to gain additional skills needed to advance their career.
When do i start planning for graduate school?
Generally, planning should start as soon as possible. For careers in medical and law, you need to plan before you start your undergraduate degree. For other specializations, start planning in your junior year of college. Applying to graduate school involves many steps and getting started early provides you with plenty of time to complete everything required for admission.
What is the GRE?
The GRE, or the Graduate Record Examination test, is much like the SAT you have to take for getting into college. It involves verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections to test your general knowledge at a more advanced level. Test scores are used as a measure of how successful you may be studying more advanced topics at a more concentrated level.