Beginning the Grad School Search

Consult Your Professors

Speaking with your professor(s) should be your first resource, especially if you are interested in earning a Ph.D in the same field. Based on their experience, they can give you recommendations and direct you to other resources. It is also important to meet with relevant advisors.

Ask Others in your Field of Interest

Seek out people who already have the graduate degree that you would like to earn. Ask these individuals where they applied, which schools they considered, and ultimately chose to attend, and their thoughts on additional resources or other people they recommend you speak with.

Graduate School Guides

A few directories to help you find the right programs for you.

  • Peterson's — The Peterson’s databases include over 50,000 accredited Schools and Programs, and over 5,000 Scholarships.
  • Princeton Review — Explore featured graduate schools and programs to find those that both match your interests and are looking for students like you.
  • GradSchools.com — You can use the degree finder to search for graduate degree programs by subject area, program format, and location.
  • GraduateGuide.com — Graduate School Guide is a comprehensive directory of professional, graduate and doctoral degree programs located in the United States and Canada.