Professional and Graduate School Planning

Are you considering graduate school, law school, a health degree program, or post-graduate certification for your future career path? Exploring your options and interests and navigating the application process can be overwhelming and confusing. The good news is that there are numerous resources available across campus to help you make this decision.

Graduate School

The Career Education team at Texas Career Engagement offer graduate school planning to help as you consider your plans for graduate school, select programs, develop experience, navigate the application process, and prepare your application materials.

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  • Personal Statements & Statements of Purpose

    Learn how to create a polished personal statement or statement of purpose for graduate school admissions.

  • CV Writing

    A guide to explain how to create a detailed biographical summary of educational and employment background for use in academia or research fields.

  • Researching Graduate Programs

    Things to consider when researching and preparing for graduate school applications.

  • Questions, Checklist & Planning Resources

    Questions to ask and how to prepare for applying for graduate school.

Law School

There are many factors to consider when exploring a potential career in law. The College of Liberal Arts Career Services offers law school admissions coaching to help students from all majors determine whether law school is a good fit for their career goals, how to research law schools, and how to prepare application materials.

Law School Planning

Health Professions

The Health Professions Office works with students from all majors. Advisors assist students in understanding multiple healthcare professions, including pre-med, pre-dental, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-vet, pre-optometry, and pre-occupational therapy. Advisors help students explore healthcare careers, find volunteering and shadowing opportunities, and provide guidance in preparing professional school applications. They offer workshops and events to help students gain an understanding of different healthcare fields and network with other students with similar interests.

Health Professions Office

Certification Programs and Continuing Education

The University of Texas at Austin has a number of pre- and post-graduate certifications that can help you specialize in different fields that focus on specific career paths. See the different options below.


UTeach programs can help you work towards teacher certification for grades 7-12. Courses can be taken while a student is enrolled or after graduation. UTeach includes several different programs in STEM, Liberal Arts, and Urban Teachers specifically focusing on equity and social justice in education.

UT CELTA Program

For those interested in teaching abroad, the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) 4-week program provides the skills and experiences necessary to teach English to older school age students and adults in other countries.

Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIHIT)

The Health Informatics and Information Technology nine-week certification provides coursework in using current electronic health record software systems, utilizing working health information exchanges (HIE), and analyzing healthcare data using SQL and Tableau. The program will allow graduates to sit for exams for four certifications:

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Six Sigma Yellow or Green Belt, or Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR).

Center for Professional Education

The Center for Professional Education has a number of online or in-person certificate programs post-graduation focused on delivering professional education and training to those interested in improving their professional skills, earning a credential or making a career change.

University Extension

If you need to complete prerequisite courses for graduate programs, University Extension (UEX) offers a wide variety of self-paced online courses. These courses are flexible, open-enrollment versions of courses available at the University of Texas at Austin. These courses can be a great option for helping you reach your education and career goals on your own time.

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Find online career resources to help you in all stages of your career journey, from assessing majors or careers of interest, to preparing for interviews, to finding jobs and professional contacts.

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