If you're thinking of attending graduate school, stop by Career Services in the Powell Resource Center at Wiley Hall and speak with the career services director, Amanda Gardner or call 276-944-6922.
Making a commitment
First, what is your level of commitment? Extended education degrees, either Ph.D.or master’s, require a lot of work and energy. Ask yourself how important this advanced degree will be to you and your success.
Finding the proper fit
Second, ask yourself what type of degree you want to obtain, Ph.D. or master’s. Take some time to do your research. What degrees do other people in your desired profession have? Will you make more money if you get a master’s degree or Ph.D.? How qualified will you be with an advanced degree in your field?
Begin your search
Once you've decided what your personal goals are you can begin looking for schools that meet your needs. Look for schools that offer the program you’d like to enter, and keep in mind that the quality of the department you plan to enter and its faculty are two of the most important keys to your success.
Be aware and realistic
Always be realistic when you are looking at schools. You should apply to programs whose requirements are in line with your own. Does your law school have a deadline or requirements for the Admissions Test (LSAT)? Leave time to study for your tests and still take them in time to meet admissions deadlines.
How can I pay for this?
Finally, consider financial aid. A five to seven-year doctoral program can be very draining on the wallet; however, schools are far more likely to be liberal in awarding aid to doctoral students than they are to students in a master’s program. Find out which schools offer the best financial aid plans. Weigh your ability to maintain a student’s budget for an extended period of time.