Graduate school education in chemistry or related discipline is necessary if your career goals are in research. Graduate work, especially at the Ph.D. level, primarily involves research. Therefore, a Ph.D. signifies a graduate is capable of carrying out independent research.
There are several decisions to make before pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry or related discipline. Some questions to ask include:
- Do you like research?
- Think about your undergraduate research to answer this question.
- What are your career goals?
- The choice of a graduate degree program will greatly depend on your ultimate career goals.
- Are you willing to commit the time necessary to complete the degree requirements and do additional post-doctoral research?
- Keep in mind a significant amount of delayed gratification is necessary.
- Are you more comfortable in a large, highly competitive, and impersonal setting or a small, less competitive, and personal setting?
- Each setting has advantages and disadvantages and should help you narrow your career options.
- M.S. versus the Ph.D. degree?
- Each has advantages and disadvantages. Do some research to decide which better fits your career and life goals.