If you are weighing the merits of pursuing a master's or doctorate degree, there are some questions you should ask yourself and some information that you will need before making an informed decision. There is no question that an Emory & Henry degree will take you far in pursuing an advanced degree, if you have thought through your choices carefully.
Making a commitment
First, what is your level of commitment? Extended education degrees, either Ph.D. or master's, require a lot of work and energy. Ask yourself how important this advanced degree will be to you and your success.
Finding the proper fit
Second, ask yourself what type of degree you want to obtain, Ph.D. or master's. Take some time to do your research. What degrees do other people in your desired profession have? Will you make more money if you get a master's degree or Ph.D.? How qualified will you be with an advanced degree in your field?
Begin your search
Once youve decided what your personal goals are you can begin looking for schools that meet your needs. Look for schools that offer the program you'd like to enter, and keep in mind that the quality of the department you plan to enter and its faculty are two of the most important keys to your success.
Be aware and realistic
Always be realistic when you are looking at schools. You should apply to programs whose requirements are in line with your own. Does your GPA fall within the median? How do your scores measure up to those of accepted students? When are your applications due? While it's good to apply to the best school that you think you can get into, apply to several more that you believe will accept you.
Take the right tests and meeting your deadlines
Most students who wish to apply to a graduate or professional program will have to take certain graduate examinations. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of most students who go on to advanced programs in the arts and sciences. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for MBA programs, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for most medical programs, and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for law school. Leave time to study for your tests and still take them in time to meet admissions deadlines.
How can I pay for this?
Finally, consider financial aid. A five- to seven-year doctoral program can be very draining on the wallet; however, schools are far more likely to be liberal in awarding aid to doctoral students than they are to students in a master's program. Find out which schools offer the best financial aid plans. Weigh your ability to maintain a student's budget for an extended period of time.