Attending a graduate education event is one of the most strategic (and easiest) ways to learn more about what it would mean for you to enroll in a graduate program.
Making the most of it once you’re at the event, however, is a different story. Don’t be a passive attendee. Coming armed with questions will enable you to make the right decision about your graduate school aspirations.
Here are some questions we recommend getting answers to.
About students in the program:
- What undergraduate degrees do students in this program have?
- How varied and diverse is the demographic?
- Do most students come straight from undergrad, or are many working professionals?
- Are most students in the program full-time or working full-time?
- Do students have the opportunity to cultivate community with classmates?
About graduates of the program:
- Where do graduates of this program work now?
- How quickly did they find employment?
- What is the average expected salary for graduates 1-5 years after their program?
- What do they say about their degrees?
- Is there an active alumni network?
About the professors:
- What are their areas of expertise?
- Are any well-known in their fields? For what?
- What kind of research have the faculty members been involved in?
- How extensive are their office hours and willingness to work with students?
About the curriculum:
- Which classes do students struggle with the most? Why?
- Does the program partner with any real-world companies or organizations?
- What do students who work full-time while in the program say about the courses helping their performance at work?
- Does the program have the accreditations required by its industry?
- Are there any prerequisite classes I need to take before I enroll?
- What is the typical class size?
About the tuition:
- How much does tuition cost?
- Will the tuition increase while I’m still in the program?
- Are there graduate assistantships or other tuition aid opportunities available?
- Are there scholarship opportunities?
- Will I be able to pursue a paid internship while enrolled?
What would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments.