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Preparing for Professional School

A professional school is a graduate-level institution that prepares students for careers in specific fields. The focus is directly on training for a specific profession that requires knowledge of practices and standards leading to licensure or certification, e.g., medicine, law, allied health careers, etc. In professional schools, students are generally required to gain extensive internship experience with on-the-job training.


  • More focused academic experience preparing you specifically for a chosen career
  • Coursework and training are based on traditional disciplines and emphasize realistic applications
  • Preparation to enter the job market in your chosen field


Next Steps:

  • Join LinkedIn groups associated with schools and areas of study
  • Join professional organizations in your chosen field, including student chapters
  • Contact professionals currently working in your desired field for informational meetings
  • Discuss career plans with your academic advisor, faculty, and departmental staff
  • Attend professional school fairs, workshops, open houses, and campus visit days