• There are various types of graduate programs, including master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, professional degrees (e.g., MBA, JD), and specialized certificates. Master’s degrees can be research-based (e.g., MS, MA) or professional (e.g., MBA, MFA).

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  • Admission requirements vary by program and institution but generally include a completed application form, transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an updated resume.  Documenting research and/or field-related experience should be included in the resume.

    Some programs also require standardized test scores (e.g., GRE, GMAT) and/or  a portfolio or writing sample.


  • Consider your interests, career goals, preferred area of study, research opportunities, faculty expertise, program reputation, location, funding options, and resources available. Researching and visiting potential programs can help you make an informed decision.

  • The duration of graduate programs varies depending on the degree and field of study. Master’s degrees typically take 1-2 years, while doctoral degrees can take 4-6 years or longer, depending on the research involved.

  • Financing options for graduate studies include scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, grants, research or teaching assistant positions, student loans, part-time jobs, and employer reimbursement programs.  These can be offered through the school, government agencies, private foundations, or professional organizations.  Research and apply for relevant funding opportunities early in the application process.

  • The number of graduate schools you should apply to depends on several factors, including your qualifications, field of study, and personal circumstances. While there is no specific magic number, it is generally recommended to apply to a range of graduate schools, typically between 3 to 8 programs.

    Ultimately, the goal is to apply to a mix of reach, match, and safety schools that reflect your academic and career aspirations. It’s important to conduct thorough research on each program to make informed decisions about where to apply.