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.
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.
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%).