笔记:Going to a graduate school

vicissitude 2017-08-11

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/xqin74/going-to-graduate-school

Reasons not to go:

- You've clueless about what you want to study or what you want to do once you;ve earned an advanced degree.

- You're secretly trying to avoid finding a "real job"

Preparation- Getting Started

Decide what discipline and sub-area(s) interest you.

discuss career options/ interests with advisors and professors;

go online-research career opportunities and job market forecasts (e.g. Occupational Outlook handbook);

decide the type of degree you'll need- master's or doctoral

Choosing a Program

1.The people

- does the expertise of the faculty provided a well-balanced representation of relevant sub disciplines?

- does the faculty have professional experience outside the academic community?

- are the faculty well-known? what have they published recently?

- what is the faculty/student ratio, and are the faculty accessible to the students?

Talk to advisors, use web and suggested sources on handout research faculty.

2. The program

- Look at the required and elective courses. Will they suit your educational and professional goals?

- Is a thesis or final exam required? Is there some sort of practical experience or internship included?

- How long is the program, and how many credits are required? The same program can vary in credit hours from one school to another

- What is the reputation of the school in general and what is the repuation of the program within the field?

- is the program accredited and if so, by whom?

- what kinds of jobs do graduates obtain?

Look at information provided by programs, discuss with advisors, talk with graduate students in the program.

3. The Place

- do you want to attend a large or small school? Do you prefer a large or small program?

- in what geographic area would you like to attend school? Would you like the school to be located in an urban or rural setting?

- What activites does the community offer?

- is graduate housing available? How difficult is it to find off campus hoursing? What public transportation is available?

4. The Price

- What is the cost of the program? What are the hidden costs?

- How much financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships, loans, and fellowships?

Applying to Graduate School

1. Factors:

- GPA

- GRE/TOEFL

- Recommendations

- Personal statement

- Research, relevant professional experience

- Funding, fit, available space

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