Choosing a Graduate or Professional School
Office of Career Development
Criteria to Consider
- Quality of the Program
Does the program teach primarily introductory classes or does it go beyond? Does the
concentration of the program match your goals? Is the program properly accredited
and respected for work in your desired field?
Are the faculty well-published? Where have they published? What are they currently
researching? Does this research coincide with your interests? Are they available or
What is the student population? How large is the graduate program? What is the student/faculty
ratio? What is the average age of students enrolled? Do students attend primarily
full -or part-time?
Where is the school located? What is the climate? What recreational activities are
available? What is the social climate? Can you be happy in this environment for the
duration of your program?
What is the tuition for the program? What kind of financial assistance is available?
Do they have graduate/teaching/research assistantships, loans, fellowships?
What are the admissions criteria? How competitive are you?
- The Future
Does the program assist with the job search after you receive your degree? Where do
graduates end up working? What internship and job opportunities are available while
you are in the program?
Questions to Ask When Choosing Graduate Schools