Why Graduate School?

There are many good reasons to earn a graduate degree. Your first consideration should be your motivations for attending graduate school. Are you truly passionate about your area of study, curious and excited to learn more? Will your graduate degree advance your career goals and/or give you personal fulfillment? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are on the right path in considering graduate school!

Here are a few reasons why, given the above, it may be beneficial for you to attend graduate school:

These are some not good reasons for attending graduate school:

  • Not knowing what you want to do
  • Avoiding or delaying entering the job market

Graduate school is a long and rigorous continuation of study. It will be more taxing on you if you are not passionate about what you are studying, and will likely be harder than finding a job. Further, a graduate degree will be a specialized, focused, advanced degree. If you are not sure what you want to do, graduate school is not the place to find out. Rather, graduate school is an option for moving forward when you are sure of what you want.

There are many more personal considerations when it comes to your decision on whether or not to attend graduate school. Be sure to meet with the Pre-Graduate School Advisor to talk about your individual needs and goals!

To make an advising appointment, login to MyMercer, go into Starfish and look for Courtney Honeycutt under the Office of Academic & Advising Services.