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Planning & Applying

Planning and Applying to Graduate School

Timetable for Applying to Graduate School

Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
A visit with your faculty adviser is highly recommended. Your adviser may know popular programs among Coe graduates and make suggestions based on your needs. You may also want to contact alumni, current professionals working in the field, and others around the Coe community who can offer insight and information about graduate programs and schools. Consulting professional journals will also help you identify the faculty who are leaders in their field. This could be an important factor in your decision about which graduate program would be best for you.

Career Services is a good place to start researching the graduate programs that might be of interest. There are a number of graduate program research resources available in the Career Services Resource Library.

  • Peterson's Guides to Graduate Education
    • This six volume set is available in the Career Services Resource Library. It can be helpful in choosing a particular course of study and identifying which institutions offer those programs.
  • Additional Titles
    • Graduate Programs in Biology (Peterson's)
    • Directory of Graduate Programs in Student Affairs (ACPA)
    • Graduate Programs in Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    • Graduate Training in Museum Studies (American Association of Museums)
    • Graduate Programs in Social Change
    • Graduate Programs in Humanities (Peterson's)
    • Graduate Programs in Social Sciences (Peterson's)
    • Graduate Study in Psychology (American Psychological Association)
    • Professional Degree Programs in Visual & Performing Arts (Peterson's)
    • Graduate Programs in Urban and Regional Planning (ACSP)
    • The Gourman Report (Graduate School Ranking Directory)
  • Web Resources

Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Study


Based upon your research, make a list of schools that match your list of criteria. The following items can be useful in judging the educational quality of graduate programs:

  • Faculty
    • Academic training
    • Research activity
    • Research productivity
    • Teaching effectiveness
    • Concern for student development
    • Involvement in program affairs
    • Group morale and esprit de corps
  • Students
    • Academic ability at entrance
    • Achievements, knowledge, skills at time of degree completion
    • Professional accomplishments of graduates
    • Judgments on program quality
    • Satisfaction with various aspects of program
    • Group morale or esprit de corps
  • Resources
    • Library
    • Financial support
    • Laboratory equipment and facilities
    • Computer facilities
  • Operations
    • Purpose of the program
    • Course and program offerings
    • Admission policies
    • Faculty welfare
    • Evaluation of student progress
    • Program leadership and decision-making
    • Job Placement of graduates
    • Advisement of students
    • Student-faculty interaction
    • Internships, assistantships, and other opportunities for relevant student experiences