Timing is important for graduate school for two reasons. Ball State's Career Center provides a suggested timeline for graduate school.
First, you need to allow yourself plenty of time to look through programs and complete applications in a timely manner. Application deadlines and funding deadlines can arrive more quickly than you expect at first.
Second, timing addresses when you should think about attending graduate school. Some students go directly from undergraduate to graduate school, others take a few years between degrees, and some return to graduate school years later to change a career or open more opportunities later in life. If you have been out of school for several years, you can still be a strong candidate for admission to graduate school.
Anyone with an undergraduate degree should feel welcome to consider graduate school at any time.
Here are some questions you may want to consider.
Application Timing Questions:
Timing Questions for When to Attend:
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