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Career Development Center

Researching Graduate Programs

When researching graduate and professional programs, first identify the schools that have programs in your area of interest. The Career Development Center resource library and university libraries offer print and electronic reference material to help you with this task.

After you have identified the schools, you will need to develop evaluation criteria. The following questions are useful in comparing programs.

With these questions in mind, review information on graduate or professional programs in your field. You will find it fairly simple to prune your list of schools.

Next, with the help of informational interviewing techniques, talk with people associated with your selected programs. New graduates, professors and professionals in the field can supply important insight. Additionally, consider campus visits as a way of gaining a first-hand perspective on the different programs. Whenever possible, try to sit in on classes or speak with current students or alumni.

After carefully examining all the information you have gathered, you should be in a position to decide which programs remain viable options for you. Given the cost of applications (which can be as much as $75 to $150 each), you may want to limit your approach to your top 5-7 schools.


Career Development Center · Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7716 · E-mail: CareerCenter@luc.edu

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