Researching Graduate School
Do some research and make an informed, calculated decision whether or not you should attend grad school:
- Find multiple programs that match your interests, personality, goals, and values.
- Talk to people in similar graduate programs and that particular graduate program. Talk to professionals who have finished their graduate work. Do you want to do similar work?
- Try out the profession first. Volunteer or take a low-level job or internship.
- Search for your desired profession (e.g., "professor") in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Read about the field's outlook. Will you be able to get a job? Will it justify your investment?
The Career Development Center is a great place to start your research. The web link library has a graduate school section. The Wells Library also has a graduate school section with directories, handbooks, essay-writing and application guides, test prep books, financial aid information, and field-specific resources. Discussions about graduate and professional schools often refer to the US News & World Report school rankings and Peterson's Guide to Graduate/Professional Programs; you should at least glance through both. Check out our IUB Funding Roadmap if you're looking for funding ahead of time; some grad school funding starts as early as your undergraduate sophomore year!
If you're considering professional school in health or law, visit the Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC).
For more information on researching graduate schools, taking the GRE, and applying, read the handouts in our document library.