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What to Look For in A Graduate Program

What to look forHere are some general factors to consider when evaluating whether a graduate program is the right fit for you:

  • Reputation of the institution and the program
  • Faculty’s research interests and accessibility
  • Quality of research facilities
  • Career paths of the program’s graduates (look for career outcomes data, like these)
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Geographic location
  • Cost of living and the availability of affordable housing
  • Social climate and support systems in the department and within the university at large

Tools to Help Your Research

We have prepared a checklist of things to look for when evaluating graduate programs. Use it to help guide your research and decision.

Going on a campus visit? Check out a list of questions to ask.


Now that you know what to look for, here are some places to start gathering that information.