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Post-graduate planning

After you graduate, you may change your mind about your career goals or you may want to enhance your degree with a specialization or additional qualifications. Learn about UFV's graduate and professional programs, and how to select the right path for your career aspirations.

Why graduate school or a professional program?

Graduate school or a professional program can be a strong choice for meeting lifetime learning goals. Further study can fuel a passion for research in a specialized area, advancing knowledge and scholarship in a certain field of study. Alternatively, another credential can help you change career paths or advance in your current field. A graduate degree may also be a requirement for some professions, such as counselling or physiotherapy.

But is it right for me?

Here are some guiding questions to think about as you consider the various aspects of further study. Once you figure out the answers to these questions, you will be able to apply to graduate school or to a professional program knowing that you are doing what is best for your future.



  • What are my career goals?
  • Will graduate school help me to achieve them?



  • Am I motivated to spend another two to seven years in school?
  • Am I willing to work harder than during my degree?


  • Are graduate studies realistic considering my undergraduate academics?
  • Do I have the necessary non-academic qualities?


  • What is the cost of graduate school?
  • Can I afford it and will it "pay" for itself?



  • What will I specialize in?
  • What are the competitive entry requirements for my school and program of interest?




  • Why do I want to go to graduate school?
  • Am I pursuing this because I don’t know what else to do, because of family pressures, or other reasons?


Additional resources to help you make the right decision

For more articles on the topic of graduate studies, visit the Graduate Matters and Career Advice blogs on the University Affairs website. 


You've decided to attend graduate school or to pursue a professional program, now what?

Deciding to go to graduate school or to enter a professional program is a major life decision. Now that you have decided that this is the right path for you, it's time to look at the next steps.

Explore your program options

Start researching your grad school options early.

Preparation timeline

Review suggested timeline for applying to graduate school

Application process

Begin to familiarize yourself with the admission requirements for your chosen program.

Fund your graduate studies

There is a variety of opportunities for full or partial funding.

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