Next Stop, Masters?

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and with it comes the end of many of our undergraduate degrees. Now is the time to start thinking about life after graduation and deciding what paths we want to travel down. Some might jump right in, ready to start their careers. Others might take some time off and travel before settling down. But for some, the next stop might be more education — a Masters degree.

Though not for everyone, a Masters degree can be the perfect next step for people. Here are some things you should consider before you start applying for Masters programs:

1.Think long and hard about whether or not you really want to go back to school

You’ve been in school for over a decade by now, so make sure you really want to jump into another few years of schooling. Is going straight into a Master’s program after graduation a good idea for you, or should you maybe work in your field for a few years (i.e. for teachers, getting a job after grad can be a lot easier than a year or two later!).

2. Research as many schools and programs as you can

Depending on the program you are wishing to enter there are likely many schools both nationally and internationally that you could potentially attend. Be sure to look into as many as you can and figure out the best place for you. Something you may want to take into consideration is the length of the program. Some schools may offer condensed programs that could be beneficial to you.

3. Hunt for Scholarships, Bursaries, and Entrance Honourariams. 

You are likely already in debt from your undergrad so be sure to hunt for schools that offer monetary incentives! The University of Guelph-Humber, for example, offers a sum of money to every person that is accepted into their Masters of Creative Writing program!

4. Be aware of what employers are looking for in your program area 

If getting a Masters isn’t going to be beneficial to your career in the long-run, consider if it is really worth spending money to get the degree! A Masters’ program isn’t going to be beneficial for everyone so keep that in mind when you are considering pursuing higher education.

5. Get your Masters for you, and you alone. 

I know that family can be a little overbearing sometimes and try to push you into an area you aren’t exactly thrilled about. Getting a Masters is a huge financial and time commitment so make sure it is something you actually want to do, and not something someone else wants you to do.