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Are You a Current Grad Student?
This page is for students considering graduate or professional school. Current Masters
and Doctoral students should go to Career Strategies for tips and resources specific
to their needs.
Should I go?
To help make a sound decision, consider the following factors:
- Am I interested enough in this subject to study it more intensely?
- Can I find a program that will help me reach my career goals?
- Is this the right time for me to go (personally, financially)?
- Do I have a realistic chance of getting in?
For help answering these questions, read books like Getting What You Came For,
by Robert L. Peters, or make an appointment with a career counsellor. Not sure what
careers interest you? Start with the Choosing a Career Guide in My Career.
What are my chances of getting in?
Competition for admission is usually intense wherever you apply. Admission decisions
are typically based on:
- quality of written application or personal statement
- skills and experience including volunteer and extracurricular activities
- referee’s comments
- admissions test scores (if required)
- previous related education or subject knowledge
Increase your chances of admission by applying to a number of schools. For more
advice read books like Graduate School: Winning Strategies for Getting in with or
without Excellent Grades by Dave G. Mumby, Ph.D.
What if I don’t get in?
Not every worthy candidate gains admission, so everyone needs a plan B. A career
counselor can help you evaluate which possibilities are right for you. Here are
a few suggestions:
- Arrange a meeting with the admissions office of the school program. This might help
you discover what you need to do to improve your next application.
- Consider reapplying if you were close to being admitted.
- Gain related experience to boost your qualifications
- Look at alternate careers