How to Research Graduate Programs

You should consider several factors as you evaluate potential graduate schools.


  • Do the school's programs match your interests?
  • What is the quality of the faculty? Review faculty web pages for education and research.
  • What types of research opportunities exist at each school? How might you contribute?
  • What is the quality of the school's students? Review the school's fact book.
  • What are the school's available resources (money, financial aid, libraries, technology resources)?
  • Review the program's curriculum and services as well as internship and practical experience opportunities.

University Environment

  • In what type of environment will you thrive? Urban or suburban?
  • What type of resources are available in the area?

Financial Considerations and Options

Contact the school to learn more about:

  • Grants and Fellowships
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships
  • Subsidized Loans


Know what the accreditation status is of the graduate school and program you are researching.

Resources for Graduate School Planning

Check out these resources for additional information

  • US News and World Report Annual America's Best Colleges rankings includes rankings for master`s programs.
  • Peterson`s Guides to Graduate and Professional Programs, available in the Career Services Career Library, includes all sorts of programs in Business, Sciences, Engineering, Liberal Arts, etc.
  • includes a wealth of information about paying for graduate school, researching programs, etc.
  • Use individual university and college web sites to gather information on programs, application, tuition and fees, and faculty. Some applications are done completely online.