Once you have carefully considered whether or not going to graduate school is a logical and appropriate next move in your career, it is time to begin researching potential programs. Choosing the graduate school and program that best fits your needs is an important process. With so many options this may seem overwhelming.
Graduate programs vary greatly and it will be worth your time to thoroughly research your options. To begin, plan on developing a list of 10 to 15 schools (if possible) that meet your preliminary criteria. As you get started, consider the following questions and track your answers using the graduate school comparison chart (PDF):
By answering these questions, you will have an idea of which programs may be a better fit than others, and you will also have an idea as to where you will be a competitive applicant. But again, these are just a few questions that you may want to consider asking as you begin researching programs.
In addition to the multiple resources in the Career Resource Library, you want to check out the following web sites as you begin your search.
This is the web-based version of a six volume directory of graduate programs across the continental U.S. You can search by type of degree, discipline, geographic location, size of program, tuition, etc. Excellent source for creating an initial list of possible programs.
Another comprehensive database that is searchable my multiple criteria including subject, geographic location, etc. You can also search for graduate programs beyond the U.S. including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Japan, United Kingdom, and Ireland.