Aug 23, 2018 - 04:11 PM
Most people do not apply to grad school unless they absolutely know that going is something that they want to do. That said, life has a way of altering plans, and events pop up that cause future grad school students to defer acceptance or withdraw acceptance altogether. One such event is a job offer.
If you've already accepted your place at a graduate school, you are not locked into going. That said, if you have already accepted your place but now want to withdraw, there are certain procedures that you should follow.
According to Dr. Don Martin, a contributor for U.S. News, following standard procedure is less a matter of necessity and more a matter of consideration. When applicants withdraw without notice, it leaves the university with one less student to help fund university operations, and one space empty in which another candidate would have happily filled.
That said, if you're asking yourself if you can take a job over grad school if you've already accepted a position in grad school, the answer is yes. That said, show respect for others and withdraw your acceptance the right way.