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.


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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.

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Writing the Grad School Essay

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