Interested in continuing your education through a graduate program?
Graduate programs are seeking individuals who have shown promise in their respective fields, but would like increased specialization in order to gain employment within their chosen discipline. While undergraduate education allows you to absorb depth of knowledge in a wide range of topics, graduate programs are designed for students to focus on a specific area in academia.
If you are seriously considering applying for a graduate program, begin by speaking with department faculty in the appropriate field of study:
Researching graduate programs
Create a list of qualities that you want in a graduate program and then prioritize that list by determining what you most value in higher education. Items to consider might include:
- Accreditation/Approved programs
- Potential advisors/Mentorship
- Research opportunities/interests
- Program schedule (day/evening classes)
- Cost of attendance (including tuition and living expenses)
- Location in relation to family/friends/networks
- Transportation options
- Type of degree offered (MA, MS, M.Ed., MBA, MN, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, PsyD etc.)
- Field work and/or practical experience
- Time commitment to earn the degree (most Master’s programs require 1 – 2 years)
- GradSchools.com – Worldwide focused
- Petersons – US focused with an International Students resource page
- Grad Source – US and Canada focused
Use this worksheet to help guide your research.
Professional and technical graduate programs
Many professions require intensive study above and beyond the length of time it takes to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Admittance to professional and technical graduate programs is highly competitive, but applicants are sought from all fields of study in order to represent a diverse range of expertise within the academic community. Some examples include:
- Health Administration
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
After you prioritize your list, search for University programs that match your criteria. Seek advice from your current professors, web resources, WOIS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and professional associations to find potential schools and programs. Read recent journal articles in your field, join a professional organization, and attend Graduate School Fairs to collect further information. Contact the program advisor to discuss your questions and visit the campus and talk to students currently in the program.
Begin your research by browsing the graduate programs offered here at UW Bothell: