Choosing a Major for Graduate Students

Choosing a graduate degree program is much different than choosing an undergraduate major. Below are common scenarios you can consider when choosing a graduate program.

Experienced Professionals

Quite often, students who are looking to pursue a graduate degree have years of work experience but need the credentials of a graduate degree to advance on the job.

When deciding on a graduate degree, you should be very stable in your career direction and choose a major that will complement your undergraduate degree and your work experience.

If you are not stable in your career direction, talk to a career counselor before choosing a graduate degree program.

Recent College Graduates

When deciding on a graduate degree, you must evaluate your current situation and what will best complement your undergraduate degree and your career path.

In some cases, a graduate degree is not necessary to be successful in your career. In many cases, employers are more concerned with experience than advanced degrees (this is common in engineering and computer fields). If this is the case with your chosen career path, it is recommended to get career-related experience after completing your undergraduate degree instead of enrolling in a graduate program right away.

After acquiring some years of experience, you can better evaluate the type of degree that is necessary to advance your career. In some cases, too much education without any career-related experience can limit your marketability.

In other cases, a graduate degree is required for you to achieve your career goals (this is common in the psychology field). In this case, it is recommended that you enroll into graduate school after obtaining your undergraduate degree.

If you are unsure of the trends of your career field and whether you will need a graduate degree, request to talk to a career counselor.

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