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West Chester, PA 19383
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Considering applying to graduate or professional school? Assess your goals, strengths, interests, and motivation prior to beginning the application process. Graduate and professional school provides you with greater depth of knowledge of a discipline (it can also be interdisciplinary) and/or career training and credentials for a specific professional path. If your career goals require or would be advanced by further education, or if you are interested in any type of research or academic career, a graduate degree is likely needed. Perhaps you simply value education and want to pursue another degree for personal growth and development. These are all good reasons to consider graduate education.
Many who are uncertain about future career goals or hoping to wait out a poor job market will go directly to graduate school. Think about this choice carefully. Some will argue that you should first gain some work experience, clarify your goals, and then pursue further education when you are ready to make the most of the experience. Utilize faculty mentors and advisers as well as career development professionals to help clarify your goals.
You may schedule an appointment with a career development staff member to: discuss and determine whether graduate study will help achieve and advance your career goals, learn how to obtain information about programs of interest, get assistance with information about admissions tests and financial aid, and have application materials such as personal statements and resumes, and related materials reviewed.
There are a variety of resources to prepare for graduate entrance exams, such as books you can purchase or websites about graduate school admission and preparation (such as this GRE prep site). When you register for a standardized test, you may be offered or provided test preparation materials. You may choose to enroll in a test preparation course such as those provided by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and other vendors; West Chester University offers test prep classes as do many community colleges. Note that many preparatory programs are fee-based services and we encourage you to investigate and research your options carefully.
There are many sources of funding, such as fellowships or traineeships, assistantships (teaching, research, and administrative), scholarships, grants and loans, and veteran benefits.