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Careers, Jobs, Graduate School

A guide designed to provide Fitchburg State students with the information they need to prepare for a career, job search, or graduate school.

Tips for Starting Your Search for Graduate Programs


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  • Check the website for the schools you are considering
  • If you plan to go to graduate school, you should begin your search a year to 6 months in advance of graduation.  This means the beginning of your senior year.
  • Plan for letters of recommendation from your professors, avoid last minute requests.  If you want a good recommendation, your professor needs time to write it.
  • Pay attention to deadlines, the majority of programs have deadlines around January, February or March.
  • Follow the schools you are interested in through the various social media outlets (facebook, twitter, etc.)  to get a feel for the culture
  • Talk with alumni about the school
  • Ask people who work in your field of interest about the school they attended

Graduate School Information

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Is the school you want to attend accredited?

"The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency."

For more information on accreditation in the United States, please visit:

There are a number of accrediting institutions and they can be found at the link below.