The first critical and fundamental step in considering graduate study is to understand why you want to pursue a graduate degree. To set the stage for careful decision making, it is important to clarify your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your goals for study and research, and the realities of your intended career path. As you begin to think about this, consider the following questions:
What are your motivations?
What are your goals?
What are your expectations?
For a more in-depth exploration of these questions, download Applying to Graduate School (OCS Publication). In this booklet, you will also learn about:
- Timing of Application and Enrollment
Considering Different Degree Options
- Master's Degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., M.P.P., M.P.H., M.F.A., Ed.M.)
- Professional Degree (e.g. J.D., M.B.A., M.D.)
- Doctoral Degree (e.g. Ph.D., Ed.D., D.F.A.)
- Researching Graduate Schools and Programs
The Application Process
- Application Essay or Statement of Purpose
- Requesting Letters of Recommendation
After You're Admitted
Come to OCS and meet with an adviser to discuss your graduate school questions.