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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 Burrell)  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 application process.

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 specific fields.

20 Relevant Questions to Ask Graduate Schools, Programs, and Departments (Re-envisioning)  Re-envisioning offers its own list of questions prospective doctoral students could ask the schools, programs, or departments to which they're considering applying.


Search Tools and Resources

Business Grad  Search for Ph.D. business programs.

Distance Grad  Search distance, online graduate programs.  Lets prospective students search graduate and law schools and offers advice on applying, financing and preparing for graduate schools.

Grad  Lets prospective students search graduate schools and programs.

Grad School  Check the calendar for campus visits and events.

International Grad  Search graduate programs at universities around the world.

Peterson'  Lets prospective students search graduate schools and programs, provides program descriptions, offers advice for test preparation, and more.

Princeton Review  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  Gives "2002 Rankings of Best Graduate Schools," articles about "New Ideas in Academia," career outlooks, a graduate school forum, and more.


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