Preparing for Graduate School

Is Graduate School Right for Me?

How can you determine that graduate school is the next best step for you? Many students decide on post- graduate studies because they are unclear of the future and their role within it. Two excellent reasons for attending graduate school include:

  • An advanced degree is a pre-requisite for entry into some careers, such as law, medicine, counseling and university teaching. Therefore, to pursue such a position requires graduate study.
  • If you long to immerse yourself into a particular academic discipline purely for the love of it, and now is the “hour”, you will likely find your graduate experience satisfying and valuable. 

A decision to attend graduate school is an important one. In order to understand your reasons for pursuing a graduate education, you might want to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I interested in pursuing a specific field of knowledge for the love of it?
  2. As preparation for my future career, do I need an advanced degree – now or later?
  3. Am I interested in research projects, writing papers, and presenting academic material in front of a group?
  4. So soon after graduation, will I possess the motivation necessary to complete independent projects and study effectively in a library?
  5. Am I in the financial position, willing to live frugally for the next few years?

It is important to specify and clarify your goals regarding graduate school before applying. As you investigate your possible choices after graduation, be sure to consider all your options. Sometimes gaining relevant work experience can help you clarify your goals and enhance your application credentials.

Helpful Graduate School Resources

Peterson's Guide to Graduate Programs

Also referred to as: Peterson's Testing and Education Reference Center

Peterson's Guide to Graduate School

Follow this link to the Lewis and Clark Library page for this resource,

Enter the password: discovery.

This is an excellent resource for researching grad programs, locating funding for grad school, and preparing for entrance exams.

Thinking about grad school? Search thousands of graduate, law, M.B.A., nursing, and distance learning (online) opportunities by program, state, tuition, and more to find the graduate school that's right for you. Then, prepare for the GRE, MCAT, NCLEX, LSAT, and other licensing or graduate school admissions exams to score high and ensure your spot in that perfect grad school. When you use the site, you should consider registering with the "My Peterson's" option. It allows you to:

  • Stay on top of important dates & deadlines
  • Explore colleges and build your lists
  • Discover unique research opportunities
  • Learn to write personal statements and resumes Peterson's helps you prepare for tests, find the right school, explore financial aid, and advance your career. is a comprehensive and useful site of graduate programs designed by university professors. It is an online grad school finder for Masters, MBA, and PhD search engine that lets you search every accredited graduate degree in the United States in second. This graduate school search website allows you to search 40,000 degrees in seconds, whether you’re thinking about an MBA or are looking for a JD, MA, PhD or other graduate degree or certificate.

GradSource is a comprehensive and engaging online resource for university students and professionals considering graduate studies and professional degrees. With in-depth information on many programs, grad school overviews, virtual tours, maps, articles and the latest college news, your resource for grad school studies and education starts with GradSource!

Strategies to Prepare You for Admission to the Graduate School of Your Choice Webinar

By Don Asher--The nation's foremost expert on getting into graduate school
1) Please use the following URL to access the event

2) The event is approximately 45-50 minutes in length

3) Make sure your computer has sound capability.

4) Some subscribers may have to cut and paste the URL into their internet browser rather than just clicking on it. 

Masters in Education Guide

 The Master in Education Guide: this site contains valuable information on Education based careers. Starting your search for graduate programs here would be essential to anyone's search for further advancement in their education major! Don't forget to check out their directory! It contains articles, interviews, job resources, certificate requirements and more!

Graduate School Handouts

Grad School Guide

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Grad School Assistance

The following documents were created by to assist you in your graduate school endeavors. 

The Complete Guide to Graduate School
This guide contains everything you need from researching grad schools, to applying, and more.  If you are looking for something more specific, sections of this handout are also found on the website.

Timetable for Choosing and Applying to Graduate School
In order to be at the top of your game, you need a strategy.  This handout will help you plan the grad school application process and help it run smoothly and effectively. 

Grad School guide

It's never too late to think about graduate school. has put together a new page: Graduate School Guide to help you get started. You can browse through programs, universities and request information. Take a look today!

What does a Graduate School interview look like?

Commonly asked questions:

  1. How did you become interested in dentistry as a career?
  2. Dental School is known to be an academically intense program, How will you handle the stress?
  3. What made you decide to apply to our program?

Davies Jackson Scholarship

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are the first in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. Graduating seniors may apply for the two-year B.A. degree program.

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich educational environment of St. John’s, which was founded in the 16th century, by reading in one of the following subjects: Archaeology and Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Social and Political Sciences.

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Application Materials from the 2014 Period

Graduate School

Carroll College Career Services is here to assist you in all phases of research and initial application to graduate school.