Step 2: Identify and Research Graduate or Professional Programs

Step 1: Decide if Graduate School Is Right for You
Step 3: Take Admissions Tests and Complete Applications
Step 4: Choose the Best Program for You
Step 5: Find Ways to Fund Your Future Education

Step 2: Identify and Research Graduate or Professional Programs

This can be for some one of the most challenging parts of the process – narrowing down the multitude of choices. There are some general criteria you can use to help yourself:

Degree Type: The most general degree types are master’s degree and doctorate, but within each of these areas there are several choices including the more popular Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). There are several other less well known degrees such as Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and many others. Each type of degree has its own features and benefits, so choosing the right one for you is important.

Program of Study: What specifically do you want to study? Start searching in general areas and narrow in on the more specific. Talking to alumni or other people in your network who have the type of career you would like can be very helpful, but make sure you talk to more than one. Often, there’s more than one degree program that can get you to where you’d like to go.

Geographic Area: Where is it most important for you to attend graduate school? For example, if you want to practice law in New York, it’s helpful to attend a law school in New York. Is there an area of the country that is most beneficial to your research interests? For example, if you’re interested in salt water ecology, it might be beneficial to attend an institution on the coast. Do you have a personal reason for wanting to be in a particular area?

Admissions Criteria: Are your current G.P.A. and admissions scores between the 25th and 75th percentile for that particular school or program? These are the schools that are in your range. Some will be more of a challenge than others, but a list of schools in this range will give you a target list.

These are the most general questions with which to start. As you get more into choosing specific programs to which to apply you may also want to consider individual program features, flexibility, reputation of program, faculty and their research areas, etc. These criteria are discussed further in Step 4: Choose THE Best Program for You.

Below are some helpful links for researching graduate, medical, law, and business schools. Remember the general criteria above when trying to limit your searches.

Graduate Programs (Masters and Ph.D.)

College is to be the premiere information source for college students, grads and recent graduates who are seeking employment, continuing education and business opportunities.

College Source Online This website will give you access to graduate catalogs for institutions across the country.

Grad Profiles Features in-depth graduate and professional school profiles with information about programs of study, degree requirements, facilities, expenses, financial aid, faculty research and much more. The most comprehensive online source of graduate school information.

Peterson's Guides Just like their Guide to Four Year Colleges, this site will let you search for graduate programs in nearly every discipline imaginable. Hard copy companions can be found in the Career Library in Career Services and Leadership Education

Study - is the #1 online resource for study abroad information. You will find information here on graduate programs in foreign countries.

US News & World Reports Provides career outlook information, admission tips, and graduate test information; also provides information on graduate programs in Business, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Health, Library Science, Ph.D.'s, The Arts, and Public Affairs

Medical Programs

   Preparing for and applying to Medical School and other health-related programs

   Kaplan Medical School Information A comprehensive guide to the MCATs, selecting and applying to schools, financial aid, first year considerations, and health careers.

Preparing for a Health Career at St. Lawrence If you have questions about Pre-Med resources available at St. Lawrence, then don't miss this site.

Don Asher's Idea Book of Health and Helping Professions

Law Programs

2006 Law School Forums Sponsored by the Law School Admission Council and participating LSAC-Member Law Schools. 

Law School Admissions Council THE site to visit if you are considering law school; valuable information about the LSAT, selecting a school, law school admissions process, and much more.

Kaplan Law School Information A comprehensive guide to the LSATs, selecting and applying to schools, financial aid, first year considerations, and legal careers.

Business Programs - THE site to visit if you are considering business school; valuable information on the GMAT exam, selecting MBA programs, and financing your graduate studies. From the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

US and Foreign Business Schools - a comprehensive list of business school web pages to browse; maintained by the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Kaplan Business School Information - A comprehensive guide to the GMATs, selecting and applying to schools, financial aid, first year considerations, and business careers.