Considering and choosing a graduate school program can be a daunting task. The intimidation of going through the application process, testing for the program, and collecting necessary funds can quickly discourage interested students.
If you are considering furthering your education, then start early by asking and answering the following questions:
1. What program and school is right for me?
Choosing a program is the most important part of the process. Consider your career goals and search for a program that can help you achieve them. Choosing a program without considering your future career is risky. Many students complete graduate school with bewilderment, similar to when they finished their undergraduate degree. They ask, "What do I do now?" Know the answer to this question before enrolling in graduate school. "Does this program lead me to where I want to be when I'm done?" is a good question to consider.
2. How do I pay for graduate school?
Every financial situation is different. Applying for different types of financial assistance can be time consuming and difficult, if delayed. Start early, research well, and use resources available to you. Most schools will have a site dedicated to the steps towards receiving financial aid. If applying to Liberty, the financial aid page is a great place to start the process.
3. What is the entrance process for graduate school?
Schools typically post all entrance requirements and processes on their website. Investigate schools of interest and set up a calendar of deadlines as an application timeline. Knowing and abiding by the process is essential. If there is an essay required, for example, you would want to allow yourself ample time to write it and have it critiqued. Some schools also have lengthy interview processes that you would want to prepare for. The Career Center offers mock interviews that can be very helpful in this area.
4. Other options and resources
Beyond the three basic questions already addressed, there are other resources that will help you make the best decision for your situation, many of which can be found through the links on this site. If you are still unsure, set up an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss your options!