Since there are so many institutions that offer graduate degrees, locating the program that is right for you will take time and research.
Consider factors such as: the scope and focus of programs, enrollment, size of the institution, and geographic location.
Gather all the information you need by late spring of junior year (preferably no later than the summer before your senior year).
Developing A List Of Possible Programs
Here are suggestions to help you develop a tentative list of graduate programs. These are all useful sources of information and can provide direction for your decision.
When you have defined your areas of interest and made a preliminary list of institutions, get recommendations from Drew faculty, Drew alumni and recent Drew graduates.
Drew faculty – Meet with as many faculty members in your related field as possible.
Speaking with faculty members can:
- Provide you with the benefit of their knowledge and first-hand experience
- Give you advice about programs that meet your interests
- Refer you to colleagues at these institutions
- Recommend people with whom you should study
- Tell you how you compare to former students who have been accepted or rejected by these programs
Recent graduates – Graduates who are attending programs in your field of interest can provide you with insight about the realities of these programs.
Drew alumni – Alumni and other professionals who are currently working in the field are aware of the reputations of these programs.
Know What is Happening in Your Field
- Read journals/professional literature to learn who is doing the research and what universities are supporting it
- Contact authors doing work that is appealing to you and express an interest in their graduate programs
Make an Appointment with a Career Center Counselor
- To help you clarify your career goals
- To get referrals to the appropriate resource people on campus who can give you additional guidance, advice, and information about the graduate school application process.
NOTE: Graduate School advisement is a collaborative process at Drew. Use all of the resources available to you.
Requirements will vary from institution to institution and from program to program so read all the applications carefully and consider:
- Prerequisites for admission
- Key features and highlights of each program
- Deadline dates
- Other questions you may have
Register for the Graduate Admissions Tests