Graduate School Planning

Graduate

NOTE: Planning for Graduate/Professional School Workshop:

Discover how to identify and apply to graduate/professional schools. Presented with NKU's Office of Graduate Education: Mon., March 20, 4-5 p.m., UC 135

 

Graduate or professional school may be required in order to attain career goals in certain fields.  However, the prospect of graduate school can be both exciting and daunting. Many benefits are derived from graduate work, but the experience is challenging in many ways. Think through why you want to pursue advanced study and talk with your faculty advisor or a Career Advisor early about the application process. Read application materials with care to ensure that you meet all requirements and deadlines. The graduate school admission process begins with good planning.

What is Graduate School?

Graduate school is often seen as the next step for students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree.  Some professional fields such as medicine and law require advanced degrees.  Graduate work may also be pursued to advance skill levels and to qualify for promotions or salary increases.  Licensure or certification in some fields also may require graduate degrees.

The degrees range from:

  • Doctorate
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA or other postgraduate education

Is Graduate School for You?

Students should carefully consider a number of questions before committing to Graduate School:

  • What are your career goals?
  • Is graduate study needed to achieve those goals?
  • Are you considering graduate school because you can’t find a job in your field or because you want to avoid the job search?
  • Are you willing to invest the money and devote the time required by an advanced degree program?

Graduate School Resources

Graduate School and Professional School Guide
A guide by Career Services that provides details about the graduate school planning process and resources for graduate study.

Graduate School Application Timetable
A suggested timeline for completing the graduate school application process.

Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs Series
A six-volume printed set of books is available for students to review in Career Services during regular business hours. You can also use the online version by clicking the above link.

Graduate and Professional School Internet Resources
A wide range of Internet links to assist students as they pursue graduate study options.

Tips for Writing Graduate School Admissions Essays and Personal Statements
A number of graduate programs require and essay or personal statement as part of the application process.  A dozen tips to consider when writing the graduate school admission essay or personal statement are provided in this link. Also, visit the Career Services Career Library to view books with more detailed guidelines and examples of essays.

Graduate School Admission Interviews
Some graduate and professional school programs require an onsite admission interview with one or more individuals.  This handout provides information on how to prepare for the interview and includes questions you should ask during your visit as well. 

Writing the Curriculum Vita
Some graduate programs also ask for a resume or curriculum vita (CV) as part of the application process.  Most students are familiar with the resume but not the curriculum vita.  This guide provides an overview of the components of the CV noting both the similarities and differences with the resume. The Career Services Career Library also houses several books about writing the CV with examples for different disciplines.

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