Do I Need a Graduate Degree?

What to do after college graduation can be a tough decision. What are your prospects for career advancement without further study? If you stop at the B.A. or B.S. level, you may limit your options for promotion and career diversification. Think long-term and make a list of your interests and goals. Talk to your academic advisor. Discuss your future plans with former alumni/ae. Think how to best maximize the combination of your undergraduate Major and Minor skills. Information about starting salaries can be found at: US News and World Report , the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and Indeed .


Even if you apply for a job right after graduating from college, it is extremely likely that your long-range career plans at some point will involve graduate school, in History, Education, Library Information Science, or Business, to name but these. M.A.s earn higher salaries, and Ph.D.s earn even higher salaries. Do the math, and be sure to compare your graduate school investment with the earning potential of your chosen field.



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