Considering graduate school?
Attending graduate school is often a way to deepen knowledge in a specific academic
area or obtain the qualifications needed to pursue or advance within a particular
- If your chosen career path requires further education to begin in a professional role (for example, law, medicine or teaching higher education), attending graduate school
right after graduation may be the best option.
- If you are considering graduate school to gain deeper knowledge and/or move up or
transition within your career, it is important to consider your balance of education and experience. That is, should
you obtain a graduate degree, will you offer a balanced mix of education and experience,
or will you offer a great deal of knowledge with less hands-on experience?
- Examine your current situation, your current career path and job aspirations
- Assess your strengths, weaknesses, financial situation and social situation
- Research the industry or role you will target with your degree. Talk with professionals
in roles of interest to learn about their career paths and educational pursuits.
- Prioritize your needs
- Set short-term and long-term goals to help you keep your eye on the ultimate goal
Decision making support
Attending graduate school is a major investment of time and money. Making the right
decision and choosing the best school will have a significant impact on advancing
your career. If you would like to talk about your decision, undergraduate students
may contact the Business Career Center or the Career Services Center. Alumni and graduate students may contact the Business Career Center.
If graduate school seems like the right choice for you, you will need to decide which
programs you would like to apply to, understand what their admissions standards are
and learn about their application processes. Following are links to Marquette University
graduate programs and GradSchools.com, a comprehensive research site.