All the more so because you’re not just looking for a house you can stand to live in. You don’t just want four walls, a ceiling, and a floor. You want a place that you’re proud to call home. A place that you’ll love for years to come.
Start With Your Why
- These are some of the most common reasons to go to graduate school we hear:
- “I need this degree to continue on my chosen career path”
- (e.g., doctors, tenured professors, and lawyers)
- “Deeper technical knowledge will drive my career growth”
- “I want to change careers” or “I want to shift functions”
- (e.g., moving from engineering to marketing)
- “I want to build an extensive network”
- “I need these credentials before my boss will consider promoting me”
If we didn’t cover your “why graduate school?” in the list above, let us know! Comment a brief description of your reason below.As you can see, these reasons vary in both their degree of intention and their angle of attack. But for most people, graduate school is about advancing or pivoting their career in an intentional way. While we’re on the subject of intention... “My parents will pay for it” and “My company is footing the bill” are not defensible reasons to go to graduate school. If you already have your why, then these factors might prompt you to go sooner rather than later. But on their own, they’re simply not good enough reasons to justify such a significant investment.
Define the Goal
These are a few good examples:
- An investment banker, a hedge fund manager, and a sell-side researcher walk into a bar I mean, might all pursue an MBA or an MS in Finance.
- Lawyers, political analysts, and those seeking public office would all benefit from obtaining a J.D. or a Master’s in Political Science.
Common Graduate School Degrees
MA vs. MS
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Doctoral Degrees (PhD)
- Performing research of significant breadth and depth
- Teaching university classes
- Publishing academic works alongside university professors
- Developing a dissertation
- Pursuing a residency or internship
Law Degrees (JD, LLM, and MLS)
Medical Degrees (MD and OD)
Not sure which degree will have the best return on investment for you? Use this template to find out!