Considering a career in the social impact sector? Grad school might be your way forward. But it’s not for everyone. The articles here offer advice and insights on how to explore your educational options, whether grad school is right for you, how to finance your education, and much more.

Below you’ll find links to the thematic groups of articles. Don’t forget to check Idealist Careers to learn how make your education lead to your dream job.

Want to change the world? There’s a degree for that.

Since 2004, the Idealist Grad Fairs have been helping prepare the next generation of nonprofit leaders by connecting thousands of prospective students with hundreds of admissions representatives from public-interest graduate programs across the United States and around the world. Represented fields include public administration, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, socially responsible business, and more. The fairs are free and open to anyone interested in learning about grad school.

Where we’re going this year

  • September 19: New York
  • September 20: Atlanta
  • September 25: Boston
  • September 26: Philadelphia
  • October 2: Washington DC
  • October 4: Minneapolis
  • October 5: Chicago
  • October 9: Seattle
  • October 11: San Francisco
  • October 12: Los Angeles

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