Deciding on whether grad school is right for you can be a difficult decision to make on your own. Before you go to your favorite advisor or family member for advice, think about answering these questions first:
- Why do I want to go to grad school? Is it for the right reasons?
- What are my career goals? Will grad school assist me in meeting these goals?
- What will I specialize in? What are my interests?
- Am I willing to work much harder than I did during my undergraduate degree?
- Do I have the motivation for another two to seven years of school?
- Can I afford grad school?
- Do I have the academic and personal qualities to succeed?
- Am I doing this because I don't know what else to do?
After thinking about your answers, use the resources you feel will help you make the appropriate decision. Whether that be by speaking with a professor, advisor, family member or friends, or by using sites like:
- Is graduate school the right choice for you? (University Affairs)
This article explores the ins and outs of graduate studies.
- Should you go to graduate school? (University Affairs)
Advice to students deciding if a master's or PhD is the right next step.
- Graduate Degree Resources (Quintessential Careers)
A collection of the best resources for helping you find the best graduate degree programs.
How to Choose a School or Program?
Please visit the Future Graduate Students website for additional information on the grad school application process, including:
- Find a supervisor: Connecting with a supervisor
- Resources to find contacts: Media Guide to McGill Experts | Graduate program contacts
- Grad school funding: Fund your studies
- Graduate admissions process
The Next Steps
The process of applying to graduate studies or professional schools can be daunting, especially when you do not know where to start. CaPS offers many tools including the following workshops to assist you along the way:
- How to know if graduate school is for you
- How to apply to graduate school
- For a full listing of workshops, and to register for a workshop, please log-in into myFuture -> Events.