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Should You Go to Graduate or Professional School?

Before pursuing graduate or professional school, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Why do I want to go to graduate school?
  • Do I need a graduate degree to further my career?
  • Am I passionate enough about a subject to engage in intensive study?
  • What program will best fit my needs and interests?
  • Should I start a graduate program immediately, or work for a few years instead?
  • Should I build more hands-on experience in my field before attending graduate school?
  • Can I afford graduate school?

Career Services Suggests: Don't go to grad school just because you don't know what else to do with yourself. If you are unclear about your options, come speak with an advisor.

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