The hunt for the perfect
graduate program can be overwhelming with all of the options that are available. When selecting
the best program for your interests, there are several factors to consider
that will help you trim down your choices.
Focus on the Finish Line
When considering graduate programs, begin by taking a serious look at where
you’d like to be academically once you’ve finished your degree.
Whether you’re planning on continuing with further studies or have
a career choice in mind, work backward from where you see yourself after
graduating to select a program that will get you where you want to go.
Narrow Your Specialty
Fields of study are broad and to make any meaningful progress in your search
for the right graduate program, you’ll need to know precisely what
area of your chosen field you would like to specialize in. If you expect
to continue your studies after graduate school, learn what educational
background and skills you’ll need to get into the doctoral program
that interests you most.
Choose the Best
Students commonly begin their graduate program search by hunting for the
best programs in their chosen field. In truth, you won’t find a
best school or program for most disciplines because what’s best
for you individually will depend highly on what expertise a program’s
faculty members offer. When narrowing down your choices for programs,
look at instructors who specialize in the precise skills you’re
hoping to learn, rather than at a program’s ranking.
Don’t Insist on Ivy League
While gaining a degree from an Ivy League school such as Harvard or Columbia
looks good on paper and will impress your parents and neighbors, an education
from a high-profile university does not guarantee you the position you
want. Many employers are going to hire you because of what you know and
what you can do for their company, and not because you attended a distinguished
Seattle University Graduate Programs can help you reach your goals and land your dream job. To learn more about
our academics and graduate degrees, call Seattle University College of
Science and Engineering today at (888) 457-5227.