Deciding If You Should Go

There are many reasons you may want to further your education beyond Brandeis; your chosen field may require an advanced degree, or maybe you're passionate about a subject and want to devote more time to it. To help you decide if graduate or law school is right for you, you will need to:

  • Know yourself well.  Have you identified your strengths, skills and interests by engaging in active self-reflection? 
  • Have a thorough understanding of what you’re getting into.  Have you researched your field and talked with Brandeis alumni and other professionals who do the kind of work you hope to do?
  • Understand what you want to do with your degree once you obtain it.  Is a PhD required for your goals, or is a Master degree sufficient?  If you don’t want to actually practice law, is there another degree that will meet your needs?

Deciding When You Should Go

This depends largely upon your field.  For law school, it is purely a personal decision; for MBA programs, schools may require previous work experience; while for some PhD programs, it is often expected that you will transition directly from undergraduate to graduate school.  Your faculty and Hiatt staff can assist you in this determination.

Graduate & Law School Resources

Whatever your motivations for continuing or returning as a student, staff at the Hiatt Career Center offer you a variety of resources, including:

  • One-on-one counseling, including guidance in the crucial decision making points
  • Online Guides for Law School and Graduate School that explain the application process in great detail
  • Workshops and panels to aid you in learning about your fields of interest by hearing from professionals and current graduate and law students
    • Check the Handshake calendar for upcoming events
  • Print and online resources regarding graduate programs, applications and testing

All of Hiatt’s career counselors hold advances degrees and are here to help guide you through the process, from deciding if and when graduate or law school is right for you to filling out program applications.

Pre-health Advising

Brandeis University offers tailored academic assistance to students in pre-health through Health Professions Advising within the Office of Academic Services. It is available to any student considering a career in the health and health care fields. While many students are interested in pursuing their MD degree after Brandeis, there are a variety of other health professions Health Professions Advising addresses.

The Hiatt Career Center can also assist students and alumni interested in health-related graduate programs (e.g. psychology, biology, and neuroscience) and regularly works with pre-health students to prepare for graduate and medical school interviews.