Identifying And Researching Degree Programs

There are two steps in identifying appropriate graduate programs. First, you want to identify what type of degree you should be pursuing. This will then help narrow down which programs you’ll research.


If you know the industry, or type of position you ultimately want, try to find others in the field and see what their educational background is. You can also look at the educational requirements tied to job descriptions within the industries you’re targeting.


After you’ve determined which degree you want to pursue, you can start researching programs. The following criteria can help you narrow down which schools to research:

  • Research areas
  • Geographic location
  • Reputation and rankings
  • Cost
  • Admissions criteria

Not sure where to start? Speak with your department or academic advisor, or visit one of the following resources: