4 Things to consider when choosing postgraduate programme
Here is a checklist you need to consider when looking for a postgraduate programme
1. What is important to you?
Find out which postgraduate programme suits you the most, if you want to give high priority to administration, student development, student counseling, community college or public policy. Whatever your focus, be sure your postgraduate programme offers everything you want. Postgraduate programmes can vary widely by institution. Even if some programmes have a similar name, the course of study might have a completely different curriculum. Focus on career goals and choose a programme that will help to shape your future.
2. Consider each institution individually
If you are considering a specific graduate school, find out what types of programmes and degrees are available. Many schools offer dual degree opportunities, but some don’t. If that particular school does not offer the degree you want to study, there is no need to waste time researching that school.
3. Consider the cost
It is very difficult to get financial help for a master’s degree or PhD. However, there are some graduate programmes that offer financial assistance that will definitely help your cause, find out if your school offers any such assistance. Tuition cost or course fees are not the only factors worth considering. You also need to estimate how much you are going to spend on books and other supplies. The more financial help you receive in scholarships or grants, the less money you have to spend.
4. Go accredited
You need to choose a postgraduate programme that is accredited. Find out if the school or program is accredited or not. Even though accreditation does not guarantee quality of education, it will help you in the future as most employers give little importance to unaccredited institutions.