Career and Professional Development

Selecting an Institution and Program

Consider the following as you search for the graduate program that is right for you.  Peterson’s Guide to Graduate and Professional Schools is a great place to start your research. 

  • Program: Each school has a different curriculum and philosophy. Make sure they meet your educational goals.
  • Faculty: Research the reputation and areas of specialization for the faculty
  • Departments & Facilities: Certain institutions are known for their programs. Also consider the facilities they provide – do they meet your industry’s needs?
  • Size: There are advantages and disadvantages to both large and small institutions.
  • Placement: Where do graduates go?
  • Degree Requirements: Make a list of all requirements such as residency, examinations, languages, candidacy, thesis or dissertation
  • Application Process: What documents and/or exams are needed? Is there a GPA requirement or average?