Obtaining a Ph.D.
Entering into a Doctoral Program
Entering into a doctoral program entails thinking about which
programs and schools to target, what questions to ask, how the application
process works, and more. The articles and resources below cover most of
those Considerations. The Search Tools and Resources further below will
help with finding and evaluating different programs and schools.
Advice for Undergraduates Considering Graduate School (Phil Agre)
Explains what graduate school entails and how the application process works.
Getting In: An Applicant's Guide to Graduate School Admissions (David
Much of the published guide is available here online; contents include deciding
where to apply, how to apply, visiting schools, commando tactics while waiting.
This site also includes links to internet references covering all stages of the
Questions to Ask When Pursuing a Ph.D. (Chris Golde)
Offers to ask about the program and potential advisors, as well
as collected advice from graduate students in eleven different fields of study.
Graduate School (Northwestern University)
Offers information about deciding whether or not
to go to graduate school, the application process and timeline, interviewing
with schools, and developing a backup plan.
Professional/Graduate School Information (UC San Diego)
Offers "Professional/Graduate School
Information" about application essays, admission tests, schools, the nature
of graduate study in specific fields, and links to more information about
20 Relevant Questions to Ask Graduate Schools, Programs, and Departments
Re-envisioning offers its own list of questions prospective doctoral students
could ask the schools, programs, or departments to which they're considering
Search Tools and Resources
Business Grad Schools.com
Search for Ph.D. business programs.
Distance Grad Schools.com
Search distance, online graduate programs.
Lets prospective students search graduate and law schools and offers advice on
applying, financing and preparing for graduate schools.
prospective students search graduate schools and programs.
Grad School Fairs.com
Check the calendar for campus visits and events.
International Grad Schools.com
Search graduate programs at universities around the world.
prospective students search graduate schools and programs, provides program
descriptions, offers advice for test preparation, and more.
In addition to test preparation, this site has tools
for calculating the cost of graduate school, advice
for applying to and financing graduate school, a discussion
board, and more.
USNews: Graduate School Rankings
Rankings of Best Graduate Schools," articles about "New
Ideas in Academia," career outlooks, a graduate school forum, and more.