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Why Should You Consider Graduate School?

Whether you are adding a master’s degree or a doctoral degree to your resume, graduate school is a commitment to your career trajectory and a powerful way to build both professional and personal skills.

There are many positions that prefer graduate-level education. And data shows a 30% wage premium when comparing those with a graduate degree to those with just a bachelor’s degree. This is often true in areas such as health services, finance, STEM and education.

You can choose to attend graduate school full-time, often immediately after obtaining your undergraduate degree. Schools also offer a range of part-time and online programs for those who would like to work full-time while pursuing their degree.

Graduate programs feature focused studies in a specific discipline and smaller classes than undergraduate programs, as well as work experience through required internship, teaching or research programs.

One of the best features of the GRE® General Test is that scores are accepted by graduate schools, including business and law. So you can take one test and have all of your potential options covered.

What Are the Benefits?

The benefits of an advanced degree can include:

  • developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • becoming an expert in your field
  • increasing your earning power
  • potentially receiving a promotion
  • the opportunity to launch a new career
  • the chance at greater employment opportunities
  • possibly achieving greater recognition throughout your career