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When should I apply to Graduate School?

I’m in my Sophomore year of college and I was thinking about applying for graduate school next Fall semester, or is that too soon? How do I go about it? Or moreover, what is the process? Graduate Master

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Raghunath’s Answer

Hi ShyAnne,

There are two ways you could get into Grad School

1. Straight from college with no full time experience
2. Enter with a good industry experience

Both have their pros and cons, going straight from college you can complete your masters at an younger age but after graduation some companies/positions require some industry experience to apply to the role (not all but some still do). There are still positions for fresh grad students that would be at the entry level. Entering grad school with a industry experience gives you a head start, you choose the major based on your experience, that helps during your study and also opens door to many opportunities that are not just fresh grad jobs, you can potentially apply to grad positions and also positions that require a grad degree with some previous experience. These positions are normally paid a little more than the fresh grad job roles.

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Maggie’s Answer

Obviously the earlier you think about it the more time you have to figure out where you want to go, what you want to do, specific programs, or specific exams you have to take in order to get into the school. That being said, I decided I wanted to go to grad school late in the spring of my senior year and it still worked out! Usually the program/school will have a calendar showing the open enrollment periods for when you can apply based off when you want to start school. Good luck and hope this helped a little!

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Zoe’s Answer

ShyAnne, I think the answer depends on what kind of graduate degree you want to pursue. For a more business-oriented, practical degree, I'd suggest applying for graduate school after gaining a few years of relevant experience in the industry. For a more academic, scientific type of degree, you may want to apply right out of college. It's also important to take the financial factors into consideration.
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Angela’s Answer

Hi ShyAnne,


If you are planning on going to graduate school right after undergraduate I would recommend applying the Fall before graduation. Some people take off a few years before going to graduate school to get work experience. It is important to note that some graduate programs have requirements for their application such as taking a particular exam or creating a portfolio. Read into the requirements for each program and make sure you have all the necessary materials before applying.


Good Luck!

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