Graduate School Getting Started
With more than 2,000 graduate programs in the U.S., and hundreds more internationally, there are many options to choose from. The resources below will help guide you in the process of researching programs, preparing your application, writing a personal statement and hitting send. Now that you have determined that an advanced degree is right for you, your next steps are:
- Finding a program: The right school is not all about rank. Instead, your decision should be based on what you are looking for in a program. Identify your criteria and be realistic about your fit with that school.
- Asking the academic experts: Faculty members are a terrific resource. Many are experts in their fields and are familiar with current topics and fields of research. Your professors are in an excellent position to talk to you not only about options for each degree, but which schools are strongest in the areas that most interest you. A graduate school admissions office will also serve as a valuable resource for you to ask questions and get information on how to put your best foot forward.
- Researching who is in the field: Professional organizations have a wealth of information about trends in your field of interest and who are the key players; the program they attended might be a program that meets your interests as well.
- Getting organized: Think back to your time applying to college as an undergraduate. From deadlines to fees, there is a lot to keep track of. Use handwritten notes or a spreadsheet to keep track of your progress.