Why Graduate School?    Dr. Judy A. Perkins, PE     MATC Scholars Program         October 3rd – 6th  University of Nebrask...
OUTLINE• Introduction• Learning Objectives• Learning Outcomes• Session Presentation• Conclusion
LEARNING OBJECTIVES• Reasons to Pursue an Advanced Degree• Considerations   to   Begin   the   Application  Process• Compl...
LEARNING OUTCOMES• Knowledgeable about why graduate school is  important• Knowledgeable about preparing for graduate  scho...
EXERCISE ON GRADUATE SCHOOL            Discovering CommonalitiesIn groups of (decide based on number of students in  sessi...
WHAT IS GRADUATE SCHOOL?• Provides specialized knowledge and training  in your chosen field of study• Provides more depth ...
REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES• Become specialized in a field of study• Personal goal• Professional growth, developmen...
REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES• Trends in the economy shows that the US is  becoming extremely dependent on seeking a ...
REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES              Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey             ...
CONSIDERATIONS TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS• Research the ratings and reputation of the  graduate schools/programs• Wh...
CONSIDERATIONS TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS• How much time will it take to complete your  degree?• Financial assistanc...
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION• Become familiar with the deadline timetable  for submitting your application  • Purpose statem...
GAINING ADMISSION• Fully understand the admission process• Graduate   admissions      committee      is  comprised mostly ...
CAREER PATHS AS A GRADUATE STUDENT• While the career paths of a graduate student  will vary, there a few commonalities to ...
CONCLUSIONS• Attending graduate school offers tangible  and intangible opportunities• Earning potential is higher than tho...
CREDITS             Dr. Judy A. Perkins, PE                    Professor          Prairie View A&M UniversityCivil & Envir...
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MATC Scholars Program: Dr. Judy A. Perkins

  1. 1. Why Graduate School? Dr. Judy A. Perkins, PE MATC Scholars Program October 3rd – 6th University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  2. 2. OUTLINE• Introduction• Learning Objectives• Learning Outcomes• Session Presentation• Conclusion
  3. 3. LEARNING OBJECTIVES• Reasons to Pursue an Advanced Degree• Considerations to Begin the Application Process• Completing the Application Process• Gaining Admission
  4. 4. LEARNING OUTCOMES• Knowledgeable about why graduate school is important• Knowledgeable about preparing for graduate school• Informed about the benefits of attending and investing in graduate studies, and career paths as a graduate student
  5. 5. EXERCISE ON GRADUATE SCHOOL Discovering CommonalitiesIn groups of (decide based on number of students in session), generate a list of 20 things that you know about graduate school. You will have a total of 10 minutes to complete this exercise. At the end of the exercise, a student from each group will be selected to present the group’s list.
  6. 6. WHAT IS GRADUATE SCHOOL?• Provides specialized knowledge and training in your chosen field of study• Provides more depth to subjects taken in your chosen field of study• Engaging in research and other intellectual activities to advance as well as contribute to the scholarly work in your field• Requires a personal commitment
  7. 7. REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES• Become specialized in a field of study• Personal goal• Professional growth, development, and advancement in your career• Change in career goals and paths• Increase to earning potential• Enjoy gaining more knowledge about your chosen field of study
  8. 8. REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES• Trends in the economy shows that the US is becoming extremely dependent on seeking a highly educated and skilled workforce• Between 2008 and 2018, approximately 2.5 million jobs will require a master’s, doctoral, or advanced degree
  9. 9. REASONS TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey Reference: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, accessed on September 30, 2012
  10. 10. CONSIDERATIONS TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS• Research the ratings and reputation of the graduate schools/programs• What are the requirements for admissions to the university and the graduate program for your chosen field of study?• What type of research is being conducted by professors in your chosen field of study?• Student services available at the school in the respective programs
  11. 11. CONSIDERATIONS TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS• How much time will it take to complete your degree?• Financial assistance available in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and teaching or research assistantships• Create a budget for living expense (if relocating is required)• Standardized Graduate Record Exam (GRE)• Participate in graduate preparation conferences and campus visits
  12. 12. COMPLETING THE APPLICATION• Become familiar with the deadline timetable for submitting your application • Purpose statement • GRE scores (general and maybe subject) • Transcript(s) • Resume • Letters of recommendation
  13. 13. GAINING ADMISSION• Fully understand the admission process• Graduate admissions committee is comprised mostly of professors• Generate and submit a competitive application• Follow up and be proactive
  14. 14. CAREER PATHS AS A GRADUATE STUDENT• While the career paths of a graduate student will vary, there a few commonalities to a career path selected by the graduate student and they are as follows: • Position yourself to be more competitive • Increased your marketability • Increase job satisfaction and self- confidence
  15. 15. CONCLUSIONS• Attending graduate school offers tangible and intangible opportunities• Earning potential is higher than those with just the bachelorette degrees• Understanding factors that considered prior to starting your application when greatly enhance your chances of putting together a competitive application• Be proactive about the investment being made to pursue graduate school
  16. 16. CREDITS Dr. Judy A. Perkins, PE Professor Prairie View A&M UniversityCivil & Environmental Engineering Department P.O. Box 519, MS 2510 Prairie View, Texas 77446 juperkins@pvamu.edu Slide design © 2009, Mid-America Transportation Center. All rights reserved.

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