Graduate programs involve specialized knowledge and concentrated study in one area of interest, typically building specialized skills to practice a profession or do research. About one in four go to graduate school within a year of graduation, and only about one in five liberal arts graduates nationally do the same.
Graduate or professional school can be a rewarding and exciting experience if it is the right choice for you. Deciding whether to attend graduate or professional school and choosing a degree program are decisions that require careful consideration. Once you've decided to pursue further study, closely follow the application guidelines and timelines recommended on our web site.
Because graduate study is focused on a specific field and requires substantial time and monetary commitment, we encourage you to make your graduate or professional school decision carefully. If you are uncertain about your chosen field of study, it might be useful to assess the following questions before making a graduate school decision: