Research Graduate School Programs

The more information you gather- the better equipped you will be to make good decisions.

On Line databases

Faculty and Professionals

Faculty members in your desired field of study will likely know about programs in their discipline and will be familiar with the work of faculty at universities around the country. Seek the advice of your faculty or working professionals in your field.

Professional Associations

There is as professional association for most career fields. (e.g. The American Occupational Therapy Association, The Public Relations Society of America, The Society of Human Resource Management, The American Translators Association) Association websites often include lists of graduate programs .

Consider Accreditation

As an applicant to graduate school, you should understand the role that specialized accreditation plays in your field. The role of accreditation varies considerably from one discipline to another. In certain professional fields it is a requirement to have graduated from an accredited program in order to be eligible for a license to practice. You can check whether a particular U.S. institution is regionally accredited at The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs website.

Consider Rankings

It may be short –sighted to choose a graduate school based on its ranking. Criteria for ranking can be different from what matters most to you. Rankings, however, will give you an idea of the reputation of a school and its programs. US News & World Report ranks several areas of study.

Find out where the writers of your favorite academic articles are teaching

In the classroom, you have most likely found authors of academic articles whose work you find particularly provoking. Many writers are faculty at universities teaching graduate students. Look up those names and see where your authors of interest are teaching.

Check out what current graduate students are saying

Current graduate students can share their experiences. If you visit a school, ask for time when you can talk with a current student. If you attend a professional conference- seek out graduate students who may be delivering a paper on their research. You can also consult online bulletin boards such as thegradcafe.com.