What to know before applying to graduate school

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — TROY students looking to attend graduate school gathered more information during a recent meeting by TROY’s Psychology Club.

Members of the club welcomed guest speaker Associate Dean of the College of Education Frank Hammonds who explained what students can expect during a graduate school experience.

“It really depends on a person’s career goals, but a lot of people have academic interests or are pursuing careers where attending graduate school would be really beneficial to them,” Hammonds said.

Hammonds talked about the application process, how students should go about choosing a program, and what to expect when they get there.

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“A lot of our students do go on to graduate programs, so I’m just trying to help them get prepared,” Hammonds told TrojanVision.

Although there are many benefits to graduate school, there are also some factors students should keep in mind.

“Students need to take into account the cost, location, and whether the program is in person or online,” Hammonds explained. “There’s just a lot of things to consider that may differ program to program.”

Troy University offers several options for graduate programs, but before they can begin classes, students have to complete the application process.

“Students usually want to start by talking with their advisors, their professors, their friends, and looking online to get information about different programs,” Hammonds said.

Hammonds says the most important part of the process is to stay on top of things.

“Start early and prepare. There are a lot of things you have to do to apply to graduate schools. Always be aware of the deadlines. Get to know your professors, and if possible get involved in research with them,” says Hammonds.

A full list of Troy’s programs are available on the Troy University’s website.