Many students grapple with the question of whether or not to pursue a graduate degree. For some programs (typically those more rooted in health and technology), a graduate degree is necessary to practice in the field. For other programs, there is no right or wrong answer—it depends on the interests of the individual.

Talk with professors in your field to learn more about their personal career path, how a graduate degree could affect your competitiveness within the industry, and the different options available to you.


  • Is there a specific subject area I want to learn more about?
  • Could gaining knowledge in a focused area, in addition to my undergraduate knowledge, benefit me in the job market?
  • Am I passionate enough about this material to continue studying and producing work in the field?
  • Would it make more sense for me to go directly to graduate school, or take a few years off and reconsider the option in the future?

NEVER be afraid to ask professors or advisors these questions. They were in your shoes once, and know better than anyone what answers and advice to give.