If you're considering graduate study as your next step, our career coaches can help you think through this important decision and create an action plan. Whether you are interested in obtaining an advanced research degree in the arts and sciences or attending a professional school, we have resources for every step of the application process.
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Graduate school is an enriching experience. You advance your learning, gain expertise, and receive specialized training. Before you apply to graduate school, however, you need to examine your reasons. Graduate school is a massive investment of your time and money, and the decision to apply should not be taken lightly.
The first step in determining whether or not to go to graduate school is to be honest with yourself. Consider these questions:
- Does your intended career path require advanced study?
- Does the idea of carrying out independent research excite you?
- Are you prepared to spend the next two to seven years studying while living on a meager budget, accruing loan debt, or both?
- Have you thoroughly researched graduate school costs?
- Can a narrow range of topics sustain your interests for two to seven years?
- Are you a viable candidate for graduate school? Do you meet the minimum requirements for the programs that interest you?
- Do you have the career-related work experience that might help you get into graduate school?
Research Graduate Programs
Where Past BC Graduates Have Gone
of the Class of 2020 enrolled in graduate school after graduation
Select Graduate Schools
Boston College, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University
Finance Your Education
Graduate school is a major investment in your future. Generally, graduate students fund their educations in several ways:
- Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships: Research grants, fellowships, and scholarships can cover all or parts of the cost of attendance and can be awarded by the graduate institution or external organizations and benefactors.
- Assistantships: These awards can come in the form of stipends and tuition remission, and are often coupled with an on-campus employment experience.
- Federal Loans: The most common federal loan for graduate school is the PLUS Loan. Federal loans offer much lower interest rates and tend to have more options for repayment. Loans must be paid back after graduating.
- Private Loans: Do your research before applying for private loans, as they often have higher interest rates and inflexible repayment options.
- Personal/Family Savings
- Boston College Financial Aid
- Database of Graduate School and Postdoctoral Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards
- ProFellow Funding and Fellowships Database
- Peterson’s Scholarship Search
- FastWeb.com Scholarship Search
How the Career Center Can Help
Graduate school is an important step in your career journey. We're here to partner with you throughout application process. Our office can help you:
- Determine if graduate school is the best option for you
- Connect with alumni to discuss their career paths
- Explore graduate programs
- Prepare your application materials
- Evaluate offers
To get started, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our career coaches. Our career exploration coaches can help you narrow down your options if you're exploring multiple paths. Our industry specialists can help you with applying to programs related to a specific discipline.