The Graduate School

Planning for Graduate School


Graduate School is an opportunity to prepare for a new profession, advance in your current field, or explore advanced learning for self-enhancement.

Graduate School is not an opportunity to explore professions. If you’d like some idea about how a graduate degree may enhance your current career, or if you aren’t sure what new career you might like, please explore the Careers link.

Graduate study expects you to have strengths in the field that you are entering. Some programs even stipulate additional prerequisites if you don’t have appropriate prior experiences. If you select a professional preparation program, then you can expect the program to prepare you for national standards that may be assessed in exams and/or internships. If you want to be a researcher, then your program will require a mix of advanced courses, guided research experiences, and independent research.

Graduate study requires real commitment and is different in many ways from your undergraduate work. It is focused, shorter, and more intense. It requires a careful balance of independent critical thinking and the ability to meet the many requirements that vary according to your background, abilities, and interests. It also demands that you work closely with faculty experts and communicate well with them.

If you’re ready for this challenge, please visit Why the University of Missouri-St Louis? If you need some time to explore other options, please return when you are ready to prove to yourself that you’ve got what it takes to do advanced study at St Louis’ only public research university.