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Education & Training

Is Graduate School Right for You?

Here are a few questions to consider before you apply for graduate school:

  • Are you passionate about a specific subject area?
  • Do you have a specific career goal in mind?
  • Are employers you’re interested in seeking qualifications from all institutions or only select institutions or programs?
  • Will a graduate degree put you ahead of candidates who hold only a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience?
  • Will you receive a higher starting salary or advance more rapidly within an organization with a graduate degree?
  • What skills and knowledge are you looking to acquire from your program of study?
  • Are you required to obtain a professional designation for your desired career pathway or industry sector?

What Graduate School Can Do for You

Graduate school offers opportunities for advanced research training, enhanced career options, a global perspective and many more rewarding experiences.


Enhance your skills and knowledge by specializing and completing research in a particular field of study.


Connect with professionals and students working or doing research in your desired program area or specialization.

Career Advancement

Increase your potential for a higher income, employment opportunities and advancement in your career. The median salary for a post-graduate two years after graduating is 31% to 47% higher than an individual with an applied degree or bachelor's degree.

Source: Alberta Graduate Outcomes Survey, Class of 2009-2010

International Experience

Gain an international perspective by studying and researching abroad. Discover international exchanges and experiences available to you at Alberta universities:

Did You Know?

  • 91% of master's degree graduates and 88% of doctorate degree graduates from an Alberta institution were satisfied or very satisfied with their current job 2 years after graduating.
  • 38% of graduates of doctorate degrees from an Alberta institution are employed in educational services, 25% are employed in professional, scientific and technical fields and 16% are employed in health care and social assistance sectors 2 years after graduating.
  • The top 3 sectors in which master's graduates are employed 2 years after graduating are educational services (26%), health care and social assistance (28%) and professional, scientific and technical fields (12%).

Source: Alberta Graduate Outcomes Survey, Class of 2009-2010

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