Students often consider further education after their undergraduate studies, whether that is graduate school (MA, MSc, MEd), a professional program (Teacher Education, MBA), or a college post-diploma program (intensive college programs designed for university graduates).

Here are some questions you should ask yourself when considering graduate studies:
  • What are my career goals?
  • Are you interested in Master’s or doctoral studies?
  • Do you need to take prerequisite exams (e.g. GRE - Graduate Record Examinations, GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test)?
  • What academic accommodations will you need, including prerequisite exams, classrooms, labs and/or practicum?
  • Are you interested enough in the subject to stay with it?
  • Do you have the energy and commitment to work hard for as long as it takes?
  • Can you find the money to pay tuition, books and living expenses?
  • Can you handle the pressure?
  • Can you go without working full-time in order to be a student?
  • What do you want your life to be like a few years after completing the degree?
Here are some questions you can ask about choosing a graduate program:
  • What is the reputation of the program?
  • What are the course/thesis requirements to earn my degree?
  • Is there a practicum or internship?
  • How long will it take?
  • Can I afford it? What are the possibilities for financial aid?
  • Do I have the prerequisites for the program?
  • What are my chances of being accepted?
  • What are my chances of getting the job I want after I graduate?
Visit your disability services counsellor for help in developing a useful timeline, and visit the career centre at your university for useful resources.

Check out:
Your Future: A Guide for Potential Graduate Students is an excellent publication from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.

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