Are you considering pursuing an advanced degree? The decision to apply and attend a graduate program or professional school is a big commitment, both in terms of time and money. The resources below are meant to assist you in making a well-informed decision. 

  • Research the field that you are interested in to determine the role advanced degrees play within that field. Resources include the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • Discuss your graduate school goals with faculty, your adviser, and program representatives to assess goodness of fit. 
  • Conduct an informational interview with Carleton alumni who attended graduate school in your area of interest (or with a graduate from your prospective graduate school) to learn about their experience in graduate school.
  • For a deeper dive into this question, check out Professor Bill North’s essay, Thinking About Graduate School.