All I have to add about your friend is that if if her BF of 6 months (actually, the length of their relationship is irrelevant) objects to her pursuing a graduate degree she seriously needs to re-evaluate the relationship. Shouldn't someone who has your best interests at heart encourage you to do what you want to do? We're not talking about a high risk occupation here.
I agree. ((thread drift)) My ex tried to keep me from going to college because he was afraid I'd cheat on him, so he had me convinved for a short time to take a year off and live with him. Then I changed my mind and he started coming up with all these completely unreasonable solutions, the first being that he would live with me in my dorm. He didn't plan on being a student - he just assumed that he could slip past security and convince my roommates to be okay with his being there in violation of the lease. I reminded him how impossible that idea was, and he decided he'd rent an apartment by himself in College Town. Yes, the man who has never worked a day in his life was going to pay $1000+ per month in rent by himself.
Eventually, he decided the only way I could be trusted to not cheat was if we were engaged, so over a period of two weeks, he presented with countless rings, which were either from gumball machines or ones he took from his mother's jewelry box and asked me to choose one for my engagement ring. I also could not wear one of my own rings to class without him asking, "You wanna use that one for our engagement?"
Big red flags went up when, after a year, he couldn't trust me enough to go to college and still be faithful.
I remember when my BF was in basic training for the Marines - I was scared to death for him because, although he said he was going to pursue a position that didn't involve battling, my roommate told me that, in the event of a shortage of soldiers, BF might get forced against his will into battle, regardless of experience. His parents pretty much coerced him into going because he was having a hard time finding work. As awful as this sounds, I was overjoyed to hear he got discharged (for a lung problem) after training. But, as scared as I was, I supported him...because I knew that he needed me more than ever to get him through his time there.