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Graduate School


Once you have completed your undergraduate education, you could choose to attend graduate school in Australia. Australia is renowned for its wide choice of educational opportunities and whether you want to apply to earn a masters or Ph.D. degree, attend medical school, business school or law school, the choice can be difficult to make.

Graduate school is a very different atmosphere compared to your four year undergraduate college. The work required is generally much harder, and students take it a lot more seriously.

Finance

Graduate school can be extremely expensive and you have to consider if it will be a worthwhile option for you. If you have already accumulated debt while taking your undergraduate course, is it a viable option to incur more debt? Do you think that you will make enough money after you have completed your graduate course to pay this debt off? You will have to weigh your options.

Right School

You will have to decide which school is right for you. The first step in this process is to decide what course you want to study. Once you’ve settled this, begin researching what schools offer graduate programs in that area. Competition to graduate schools is normally extremely competitive so you will want to apply to several different schools so as to increase your chances of being accepted into one. This will also allow you to keep your options open when it comes to deciding which program you want to enroll in. Before you apply, however, you need to research each school carefully and decide which school will fit in with your needs. Sometimes the school you really want to go to is not the best fit! Visit our Australian university program search for help. If there is a school you know you want to attend above any other, but you do not think you will be accepted into the program you want, you might try applying for a less competitive program at the same school.

Tips

Be sure to visit all the schools in person, if possible. By doing this you can get a better feel of the institution and you may be able to meet with tutors and professors in person to ask specific questions. If you are going to make the commitment to attend graduate school you need to make sure that you will be happy there while studying so take the time to visit and research the institution.

If you do not meet certain entry criteria for a university or course, consider alternative entry criteria. If you have a learning disability or have been hurt by financial or social situations, some schools will use special criteria and take your hardships into consideration when considering applications.

Many graduate programs in Australia require their applicants to have a certain amount of work experience before applying to their programs. Make sure you thoroughly research all the programs to which you plan to apply to find out if they require work experience. The more real-world work experience you have, the better your chances of acceptance into any given program. If you do not have the necessary experience, think of ways that you might demonstrate any other professional skills you have that might act as an adequate substitute.

If you are not accepted into a certain graduate degree program, it never hurts to contact the administrator and find out why by asking what skills you need to improve before you apply again. Pay close attention to any advice he or she gives you, as following it could make the difference between acceptance and rejection next time.

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