Graduate School

Thinking About Graduate School?

Below you will find resources from deciding to financing. UWS Career Services has compiled helpful websites, tips, and tools to make your graduate school exploration and discovery a success.

Deciding To Go To Graduate School


Consider the following questions:

Why do you want to go to graduate school?  Is it for the right reasons?
What are your career goals?  Will graduate school assist you in meeting these goals?
What will you specialize in?  What are your interests?  What are you passionate about?
Do you have the motivation for another two to seven years of school?
Do you have the academic and personal qualities and discipline to succeed?
Do you have the money and time?
Do you need work experience before graduate school?
What have you done in undergrad to prepare you for graduate school?


Master's Degree (M.A., M.S., L.L.M., MFA, MBA, M.Ed.):                      

  • Master's degrees typically involve a great deal of classroom participation and interaction with colleagues
  • Take between two and four  years to complete, and your field of interest may require you to take a qualifying exam after degree completion
  • Such a degree is mandatory for some positions

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D, Psy.D, Ed.D, D.D.S., M.D., J.D.):

  • Doctoral degrees tend to be more research  focused with much less peer-to-peer and instructor interaction
  • Can take between five and ten years, so only  those truly dedicated and motivated individuals should attempt it 
  • Those pursuing these advanced degrees do so to participate in the world of academia, function as an expert in their field, or pursue a profession that requires it

Do your research when deciding to go to graduate school.
Know which path is right for you!

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