Because no two graduate programs are alike, you'll want to choose a program that best meets your interests and needs. When applying for programs, you'll want to gain as much knowledge about the field, the institution, and the specific program. These resources will lead you through the process of thinking about what graduate programs are best for you and how to go about finding programs in your chosen field.
Once you've identified programs that interest you, the next step is to research those programs and the schools in which they are housed. This can generally be done by diving into the program and university website.
When researching, consider the following points:
The best way to begin researching a specific program is to examine its website. To find a program website:
Once you've found the program's website, really delve in and search for the following information:
The people in a program are an extremely important consideration when looking at graduate schools. You'll want to look into both faculty and current students. Not everything will be available on the program website. Use the program web page or a search engine find faculty and students so you can contact them and try to schedule meetings during campus visits.
While the specific program you're interested in is important, so is the larger university environment. Explore the website of the larger institution for things like:
Your funding package will depend on the degree program you're pursuing. It is generally accepted that you should not pay anything for a Ph.D. program, but that doesn't necessarily apply to other programs like professional programs, master's degrees, and other certificates. Funding amounts also vary based on the field you're entering.
Once you are accepted into a Ph.D. or graduate program and receive a funding package, it is important to consider many factors, including: