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How To Start Your Grad School Search

November 2021

Returning to school, whether right after undergrad or after years in the workforce, can be an overwhelming decision with lots of factors to take into consideration.

The search for a graduate school starts and ends with what best fits your needs and lifestyle. Many programs have created flexible schedules and financial plans that make grad school accessible to more students than ever.

While school rankings may seem appealing on some level, your search shouldn’t be focused on prestige or publicity, but rather which schools can provide you with the education and degree that you need in order to enhance your career options.

This is where your GradSchoolMatch.com profile comes in. The matching methodology used on this platform doesn’t take popularity or school sponsorships into consideration. Rather, the detailed information you provide is what drives the list of schools you receive. Once you bookmark the ones that interest you, those schools have the option to reach out to you and start a line of communication where you can ask the questions that matter to you.

What types of questions should you ask yourself?

  • What type of degree do I need for the career I’m currently in or eventually want to have?
  • Do I want to study on campus? If so, what kind of housing options are available?
  • Do I want an online program that I can complete on my own time?
  • Will a program allow me to take a few classes at a time, or do I have to register for a full schedule each semester?
  • What does the program cost?
  • Is financial aid available?

Searching for any grad school is easy, but searching for the RIGHT grad school program takes research. GradSchoolMatch.com takes the guess work out, giving you a customized list of programs based on your specific needs. All you have to do is pick the one that’s best for you.

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In the fall of 2019, 3.1 million students attended graduate programs. Traditionally, there are multitudes of reasons why people go to grad school.