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Researching Graduate Programs

When researching graduate programs, there are five main considerations:

  • Academics – the programs offered and the emphasis of each
  • People – the faculty, administration, and students
  • Location – where the school is physically located
  • Cost – the affordability of the school and the cost of living
  • Admissibility – the likelihood of gaining admission

Besides asking questions of your professors, alumni of the programs, practicing professionals, and your advisors to research these programs, there are many online sources you can utilize as well. Specifically, you can search the webpages of the graduate programs themselves, as well as sources such as these:




UI College and University Rankings

US News Best Graduate Schools

Asher Associates