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Investigate School Websites

Investigate the schools you are interested in more thoroughly by looking at their web pages. Here is some information to look for:

What Master's and Ph.D. programs are available?
Visit About.com Graduate School to learn the difference between Masters and Doctoral programs. 

What are the topical and geographical research interests of their faculty?
Make sure that you examine faculty résumés (which we call a curriculum vitae CV) and browse through each faculty's current publications.

Are there any funding opportunities?
Browse the departmental and non-departmental funding that is available and pay attention to the criteria and deadlines.

What is required in my application file?
Most institutions will require a statement of purpose or personal essay, but the word counts may vary. Look to see if GRE scores are required and if they have stated a minimum score.