Graduate school serves as a challenging yet rewarding academic path that offers you the opportunity to delve deeper into your field of study, refine your expertise, and explore uncharted territories within your chosen discipline. Below are some guides and essential resources to help you make informed decisions about goals, programs, and advanced educational opportunities.

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Set SMART goals

It’s crucial to determine your academic and long-term career goals. We recommend the SMART method as a helpful framework to think about your goals. SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This approach ensures your goals are well-defined and attainable.

An illustration of a checklist.Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my academic interests and passions?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do I envision for my long-term career? Where do you see yourself in five, ten, or even twenty years?
  • What do I hope to achieve academically during my graduate studies?
  • Are there any specific academic challenges or research interests that you want to explore?
  • What skills and experiences do I need to achieve these career goals?

Also, the UW Graduate School offers a course, GRDSCH200: Preparing for Graduate Education, designed to help undergraduate students ask and answer the questions about graduate and professional school that will help them find the path that’s right for them.

Finding a program

An illustration of two hands grasping a graduation cap.There are many different types of graduate school programs that may align with your career goals. Whether your interests lie in environmental science, conservation, sustainability, or related areas, it is important to find a program that aligns with your focus and sets your academic and environmental career in motion.

The UW Career & Internship Center has prepared a guide to help prospective graduate students plan their journey, develop the necessary relationships, and begin the application process. Here are a few other resources about pursuing graduate school:

The UW campus with cherry blossoms blooming.Explore UW graduate programs

UW offers a comprehensive array of graduate programs across diverse disciplines, providing students with opportunities for in-depth exploration and specialized studies.

Graduate programs at the UW are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals, providing guidance, resources, and opportunities for the successful advancement in any chosen field.

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