Graduate School provides students with an option for post-undergraduate studies. Sometimes, it is necessary for your desired professional
career and may increase and improve options for you throughout your career. Some students may also want to attend graduate school to continue your education because you just LOVED YOUR MAJOR!
Graduate school differs from undergraduate studies because of the focus of the studies and different expectations for quality and quantity of the academic work. All your work will be reviewed by professors and peers and there is usually an expected and required amount of original research produced. There may be fewer electives, and anticipate smaller classes with more student interaction. Most of the work experience will be through internships, teaching, or research.
Advanced degrees are sometimes required for certain fields such as law, health care and education. Do some research into how to accomplish your goals and arrive to your desired career to see whether receiving your graduate degree is required or advantageous for you.
Keep in mind that graduate school will mean more time in school and more expenses. However, financial aid and scholarships are often available for graduate students
Graduate school is an option for any discipline. Depending on which subject you would like to continue studying, or begin studying, the university may or may not provide the program. Here at Texas Tech, there are approximately 106 master’s programs and 59 doctoral programs offered. Tech also offers interdisciplinary study and research as well as graduate certificates and distance educations. Graduate students also have the opportunities to compete for grants and fellowships which will help reduce the cost of more education.
There are several ways to get prepared for graduate school. Throughout your college career, develop relationships with your professors to show your strength and motivation as a student. This can be accomplished by visiting them during office hours and asking for clarification over lectures, discussion of their career path and yours, or asking for homework help. This relationship can lead to a strong letter of recommendation, an important part of the application for many graduate programs.
Also, research graduate schools and individual application processes for each school. Talk to the current students and alumni to get an idea of what your graduate program is looking for in a student.
Many graduate schools look at the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as a primary consideration for acceptance, grants, and scholarships. Other factors into acceptance include GPA and extracurricular activities. Graduate schools look for students who are a good fit for their programs, so do your research into different programs’ strengths and faculty interests; you can use your personal statement and interview, if offered, to help you show and tell why you are the ideal candidate.