Graduate School Information

What is Graduate School?
What is a Master's degree?
What is a Certificate of Advanced Studies?
What is a DOCTORAL Degree?
Why Go To Graduate School?
How do I learn about graduate programs?
Factors to Consider.
Writing a Personal Statement.


Factors to Consider:
- Quality of the Program
- Other Program Aspects
- Career Opportunities
- Cost

What is the reputation of the school, department, and faculty?
What are the admissions standards for the school or program?
Is the degree program properly accredited?
Is the program content consistent with other programs you have investigated?
What are the offerings related to your interests?
Is work experience required to enter the program (e.g., top MBA programs require two years of full-time work experience before starting their programs)?
What is the ratio of professors to students and what kind of interaction is there between students and professors?
What is the quality of the facilities (library/laboratories/computer)?
What is the level and breadth of scholarly inquiry, research programs?
What is the faculty’s approach to teaching and student development?
Can the program be completed on both a full or part-time basis?
Is a thesis, comprehensive exam, or internship required for graduation?
How many credit hours are needed to complete the program?
Is there a language requirement for the program?
How diverse is the school? Does it promote academic success for all groups?
Will you be compatible with the college environment and culture of the graduate department?
How do employers view graduates of this program or school?
Have graduates of this program been successful in finding employment?
Does the school or program provide assistance with a job search?
Are the school’s employment contacts nationally and locally based?
What is the projected total cost including tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, etc?
What internships, assistantships, and other experiential education opportunities are available in addition to other financial aid resources?
What is the cost of living in the area where the program is located?

Students interested in Professional Health Careers should seek advisement from the pre-health professions advisor, Dr. Liz Cowles, in the Biology Department, Goddard Hall 465-4369

Students interested in Law School should seek advisement from the Law School Advisor.

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