Graduate & Professional School
Graduate school requires self-discipline and complete dedication to one's field of study. It is focused investigation in a specialized discipline and has a more "practical" application than an undergraduate liberal arts course of study, in the sense that it provides advanced training with the goal of professional development. This is even true in the humanities. A doctoral program in art history, for example, is a training ground for future scholars and historians. A PhD in economics prepares a person to be an expert, with that expertise applied in academic research, the classroom, or banking. While it is true that one can attend advanced post-college education simply to continue learning, with no particular career goal in mind, the applicant should consider if this is time well spent in light of overall obligations and life goals.
When you consider the significant commitments of time, energy and finances, the decision to apply to graduate or professional school requires a great deal of thought. Students seeking a safe alternative to work after college because they are unsure of specific career goals will eventually find that graduate school is not the place to decide on a career direction.
This section of the Career Center's web site provides you extensive resources for the following areas of graduate study: