Every year, at least one fifth or more of all University of Michigan seniors enter graduate or professional programs immediately upon graduation, while many others will wait a few years prior to pursuing an advanced degree.
Should you go to graduate school? Only you can answer that question, but the decision will be a lot easier and sounder if you tap into all resources available to you on campus and beyond—professors, advisors, career counselors, UM alumni, family and friends—to help you:
Assess your interests, values, goals, dreams, and abilities honestly and realistically
Become familiar with types of degrees and degree levels
Understand applicability, marketability and scope of the degree(s) considered
Talk to people in the field, read about relevant issues, spend time in the communities and settings
that you wish to join one day professionally
Build a competitive profile, both in terms of academic and non-academic preparation
Practice articulating reasons for wanting to pursue the degree of choice—connecting your skills,
personal traits, academic and life experiences, professional interests, etc. to your targeted field
Investigate ways to finance your education
Research schools and programs—understand programs’ nuances
Fully understand application process, timelines and mechanics.