Research and Evaluate Programs

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Finding Programs

  • Talk to professors, instructors, and advisors.
  • Search online resources like Peterson's and Gradschools.
  • Considering graduate schools abroad? Check out the Learning Abroad Center for get tips on pursuing graduate school abroad.
  • Ask grad students and professionals for ideas.

Evaluate Schools for Fit

  • Reputation of the faculty - What are their academic degrees/credentials and research specialties? What is the student/faculty ratio? Look at faculty websites if available.
  • Quality of the program - This is measured by many different factors, many of which are mentioned below. You may choose to look at graduate school rankings to help you assess a program's quality; however, the rankings may be based on criteria that are different from your own. In addition, many scholars, deans, and advisors question the validity of such rankings.
  • Financial costs - What are the opportunities for fellowships, assistantships, or scholarships? What other sources of financial aid are available?
  • Admission requirements - GPA, test scores, undergraduate coursework, specific entrance examinations, etc.
  • Available course offerings - Are courses you need to fulfill degree requirements frequently offered? Will the course offerings help you meet your professional or educational goals?
  • Employment - Where are graduates of the program working, and how much are they earning?
  • Facilities - Consider the quality of on-site facilities such as libraries, computer labs, and research facilities.
  • Geographic location - Will studying in a particular location help you meet personal or professional goals?
  • Student life - Consider the diversity of students, student organizations, housing, and campus support services.

Credit: UC-Berkeley Graduate School - How Do I Choose a School?