On average, over 35% of Stonehill students are enrolled in either full or part-time graduate programs one year after graduation. Deciding to seek a graduate degree is a major commitment of time and money – an undertaking which deserves serious consideration. Before deciding your next step, you should take the time to analyze your options.
The Career Development Center provides general information and advice to students on graduate school, and maintains a resource library with graduate school guides and admissions test study guides. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to talk with faculty, advisors, graduate students, and individuals working in your field of interest.
Please see our list of partnerships which serve as pathways for Stonehill students to pursue a post-graduate program. Each program has its own admission criteria and timeline. See if one fits your particular goals.
Questions to Consider
- What are my career interests and goals? Is a graduate degree necessary to attain those goals?
- Do I need to go to graduate school now?
- Am I ready to take on another degree program?
- What do I plan to do when I get out of graduate school?
- Do I want to go to graduate school full or part-time?
- Am I interested in taking classes online or in-person?
- Can I afford to go to graduate/professional school?
- Career Development Center
- Faculty, Academic Advisors, Research Mentors
- Andrew Leahy, Pre-Health Professions
- Erin O'Hea, Pre-Allied Health Professions
- Rob Rodgers, Pre-Law Advisor
- Kris Silva and Dean Kelley, Nationally Competitive Scholarship and Fellowship Advisors
What Will I Need to Apply?
- Application Form, Fee, and Resume – make sure to file complete and timely documents
- Graduate Admission Tests – check which exam is required for your program – Stonehill College offers a GRE Preparation Course, for details contact the Career Services Office
- Official Transcripts – contact the Registrar’s Office for transcript requests
- Letters of Recommendation – ask professors and work supervisors early
- Personal Essay or Statement – write a well-organized and high-quality product
Some Criteria for Choosing a Graduate Program
- Accreditation – review both the institution and the specific program
- Career Assistance – examine the amount of career and placement services
- Cost/Financial Aid – review costs and types of financial assistance available to you
- Culture – identify schools that fit your style and comfort-level
- Degrees Offered – be clear about the credentials you need for the your next career step
- Faculty – identify key researchers in your field and look at programs in which they teach
- Reputation/Ranking – review the overall school and the specific program of interest
- Size – look at the size of the program and the size of the entire university
Graduate School Information
- www.petersons.com – General site for schools, test prep, financial aid, resources
- www.gradloans.com– Online guide to graduate school loans and financial aid
Graduate School Directories
- www.allaboutgradschool.com – Comprehensive geographic directory of schools in the U.S. focusing on business, engineering, law and medical schools
- www.gradschools.com – Online directory of graduate/post-graduate programs worldwide
- www.graduateguide.com – Online directory of graduate programs in the USA & Canada.
Graduate School Comparators & Degree-Specific Sites
- "Find the Best": Business Schools
- http://www.bschool.com/mba-programs/ – Information on business schools, rankings and valuable links
- http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-best-business-schools/ - Business school comparative
https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/mba-scholarships/ - MBA Scholarships Guide
- http://mastersineducationguide.com - Masters in Education guide, employment links
- "Find the Best": Law Schools
- www.lsac.org – Law School Admissions Council Online site
- www.top-law-schools.com - Law school comparator