Questions to consider when choosing a school:
Your Time and Financial Commitments
- Will you be attending school full or part time?
- Will you be working full or part time while attending school?
- What type of financial support is offered?
- Are there scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships?
- How much money is available and how many students receive awards?
- Are you looking for a program that specializes in your area of interest?
- What is the curriculum like?
- Research the faculty at each institution. Try to find out about their research activities and the concerns they have for teaching and student development. You can use such sources as the National Faculty Directory and the Directory of American Scholars found at most libraries.
- What are the course offerings? When are they offered?
- Will a thesis or dissertation be required?
- How many credits are required to complete the program? To be licensed or certified in that particular field? How many credits will you be able to take a semester?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Will you require housing? If so, is campus housing provided for graduate students?
- What library resources are available?
- What are the lab facilities and equipment like?
- How updated and accessible are the computer facilities?
- What is the student to faculty ratio?
- Does the school you choose impact the career you seek?
- Will this program help you achieve your career goals?
- Are internships required for this program? How many hours must be completed?
- What are the employment prospects for graduates?
- Is assistance offered in the job search?
- What percentage of graduates in this program succeed in finding employment?
- What is the reputation of the institution within your field of interest?
- Does the reputation rest on the faculty, the department or institution?
- Is the institution ranked? What is their ranking?
- Is the program accredited? Is graduating from an accredited program important in the field you are pursing?