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Graduate School

Paola Fernandez and Ryan Logan in front of the SELBIf you are considering graduate school, researching the continuation of your education may feel like an overwhelming task. If you are not sure how to get started or what you need to consider, check out the information and resources provided on this page.

Researching Your Options     

How do I determine if a graduate school is right for me?

Approach the graduate school process with the same attitude you would approach a job because ultimately, that's exactly what it is.

When researching various graduate programs, important questions to consider are:

  • Are you going to enjoy working here? Are the people and environment going to encourage and support your best efforts?
  • What are the course offerings and how are they scheduled (i.e., day or night classes)?
  • How many graduate students has your potential major professor had?
  • What is the average length of time it has taken for one of this professor's students to graduate?
  • What have been the professor's current students' experiences and how long have they worked with this professor? How long do they anticipate their degree completion to take? (Talk to the students directly.)
  • What are the expectations and management style of your potential major professor?

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