Graduate & Professional School Planning

Prepare for the next step in your academic career

Interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree? PREPs is committed to helping you prepare for continued educational opportunities and successfully navigate the application process.

We offer:

  • Focused advising on the courses and experience necessary for graduate or professional school admission.
  • Guidance and information about opportunities that will help you stand out; including research, internships, clinical experience, and volunteer work.
  • Help understanding and preparing for the application and interview process.

Join the School of Science Pre-Professional Advising site in Canvas for additional information and resources.

What is Graduate or professional school?

The distinction between graduate school and professional school can often be blurred, with professional school being brought into the graduate school fold, but there is a difference between the two.

Graduate school

These are academic courses of study that offer more advanced programs beyond a bachelor's degree. These programs normally focus studies in specific disciplines in order to upgrade your education, professionalism, and career opportunities.

Professional school

These programs help prepare students for careers in specific fields such as medicine, law, pharmacy, occupational therapy, or veterinary medicine. The length of these programs vary. Professional degrees are often required by law before an individual can begin working in a particular occupation.