Prepare for Graduate School

There are different schools of thought about graduate school: some say, “Go now while you know how to study!” and others say, “Wait until you really figure out what you want to do, then go if you need to.” Indeed, many graduate programs do prefer it if you have some experience under your belt before starting graduate studies. And, because of the cost, effort, and time required, it makes sense to have a specific goal in mind when pursuing a graduate degree. It never hurts to talk to professionals in your field of interest to find out their perspective on whether grad school makes sense and, if so, when. Of course, talking to a career advisor could help provide some perspective and information as well.

Utilize the resources and advice in this community as you consider whether or not going to graduate school makes sense for you.


Navigating the Waiting Game: 4 Proactive Steps While Awaiting Your Grad School Decision

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Waiting for an acceptance letter for grad school can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, instead of just sitting around and waiting, you can use this time to your advantage. This waiting period can be an opportunity for …

By Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo
Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo Associate Director, Career Services
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Writing Your Own Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation letters are typically used to gain entry to a graduate program, a particular college, or to give a slight advantage to a job applicant. Most often a letter of recommendation is written by a professor, a mentor, or a …

By Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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How advanced degrees set nurses up for career success [infographic]


Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN) is a great accomplishment, and there are many good paying, traditional nursing career paths that both LPN’s and RN’s can pursue upon completion of their degree.

But there …

By College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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7 Ways to Prioritize Health and Wellness as a Graduate Student

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Graduate students are routinely juggling endless deadlines, classes, and research papers and unfortunately, due to all their obligations, this often leads to sacrificing their own well-being in the process. But, I encourage you to …

By Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo
Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo Associate Director, Career Services
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Top Tips To Get In To Graduate School

Fast Fact: Each year, approximately 25% of the graduating class goes on to graduate school.

But that doesn’t mean that getting into grad school is a slam-dunk. Quite the contrary! Undergraduate students are up against not only their peers, but also …

By Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo
Afua Serwa Addae-Adoo Associate Director, Career Services
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Graduate Admissions

Explore UMass Lowell’s flexible, high quality and affordable grad programs that support skill development and career advancement

Grad School Application Timeline

PDF: A written timeline for applying to grad school.

U.S. News & World Report

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Test Prep Review

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Peterson's Grad School Search Tool

Graduate School Search Tool

Writing the Grad School Essay

PDF: The essay is a wonderful opportunity to make your application shine.

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