Preparing for Graduate School

As an undergraduate, your preparation for graduate school will be slightly different depending on whether you plan to pursue a master’s degree or a doctorate degree.  With a master’s degree in engineering, your career focus will continue Preparation Leads to Successto be on doing applied engineering work as it is with a bachelor’s degree. If you will be pursuing a doctorate degree, the focus will shift to preparation for a career in research or teaching.

In preparation for graduate school, if you think a PhD might be in your future, then participating in a research project as an undergrad is a very good idea.  The experience will help you decide whether or not research truly appeals to you and you will begin developing research skills.  The other important preparatory task is simply deciding which degree, school and focus area is right for you.  See the section on Researching Graduate/Professional Programs for more information on this topic.