An advanced degree can be the right choice if you have a career goal that requires an intense and specialized course of study, but it’s definitely not a decision to be made without careful consideration.
The JSC Office of Career Development can be a helpful resource in helping you think through this decision. Some questions we can help you answer include:
Is your undergraduate GPA high enough to get you accepted, or will you need to take preliminary courses to prove your ability?
Will a graduate degree make employment in your chosen field easier, or could it overqualify you?
Will the time and money invested in graduate school outweigh the money earned by getting a job immediately after graduating?
How will you fund your graduate studies?
Could an entry-level job in your field help to finance graduate school?
Tips for Applying to Graduate School
- Pay special attention to application deadlines, required documents, entrance exams and instructions for applying
- Allow yourself a full year from the application deadlines to research and apply to your chosen graduate programs
- Consult the JSC Office of Career Development for advice and support