Reasons to go to Graduate School
- To acquire specialized knowledge in a specific area of study
- The occupation you pursue requires additional education beyond a bachelor's degree
- For advancement within your career field
Post Baccalaureate Options
- These include dental, medical, veterinarian, law, paralegal and business schools.
- Many professional schools do not require applicants to have a specific undergraduate degree; however, specific undergraduate courses may be required.
- More students go directly into professional schools immediately following undergraduate education than graduate school.
- This option constitutes an advanced program of study focused on a particular academic discipline or a specific profession
- Graduate degrees may or may not increase salaries depending on the academic area
- Many students take time off between undergraduate and graduate studies in order to acquire work experience and further confirm their specialty area of choice
Immediate Entry vs. Delayed Entry
Some undergraduate students struggle when faced with the decision to enter straight into graduate school or obtain real work experience before pursuing a graduate degree. There is no set answer. You must consider your career goals, the requirements of your career and job/salary prospects before making such a decision.
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