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Prospective Graduate Students
If you are considering graduate or professional school, Career Services has compiled information on this site to help you on what can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. Read through the information below to get started, but if you need more direct guidance, Career Services has Graduate Program Assistants that can help you on this journey. Make an appointment.
What is graduate school?
Graduate school is an opportunity to advance your Bachelor's degree over the course of 1-4 years. While undergraduate education allows you to absorb depth of knowledge in a wide range of topics, graduate programs are designed for students to focus on a specific field. Once graduate school is complete, students often pursue a career in their specialized area or continue on to a PhD program.
Interested in continuing your education through a graduate program?
If you are seriously considering applying for a graduate program, begin by speaking with department faculty in the appropriate field of study:
- School of Business
- Computing and Software Systems
- School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
- Nursing and Health Studies Program
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Researching graduate programs
Create a list of qualities that you want in a graduate program and then prioritize that list by determining what you most value in higher education. Use this Graduate School Comparison Chart to help guide your research. Items to consider might include:
- Accreditation/Approved programs
- Potential advisors/Mentorship
- Research opportunities/interests
- Program schedule (day/evening classes)
- Cost of attendance (including tuition and living expenses)
- Location in relation to family/friends/networks
- Transportation options
- Type of degree offered (MA, MS, M.Ed., MBA, MN, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, PsyD etc.)
- Field work and/or practical experience
- Time commitment to earn the degree (most Master’s programs require 1 – 2 years)
- GradSchools.com – Worldwide focused
- Petersons – US focused
- Grad Source – US and Canada focused
Professional and technical graduate programs
Many professions require intensive study above and beyond the length of time it takes to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Admittance to professional and technical graduate programs is highly competitive, but applicants are sought from all fields of study in order to represent a diverse range of expertise within the academic community. Some examples include:
Health-related fields (Visit EduMed to determine if a career in Health is right for you and learn about the steps to get there.):
- Environmental Health
- Health Administration
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician's Assistant
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Public Health
- Speech and Hearing Sciences
- Veterinary Medicine
After you prioritize your list, search for University programs that match your criteria. Seek advice from your current professors, web resources, WOIS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and professional associations to find potential schools and programs. Read recent journal articles in your field, join a professional organization, and attend Graduate School Fairs to collect further information. Contact the program advisor to discuss your questions and visit the campus and talk to students currently in the program.
Begin your research by browsing the graduate programs offered here at UW Bothell.