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“Is graduate school right for me?”

That’s the question several college and university students will be asking themselves this spring as they prepare to get their Bachelor’s diplomas. So why would anyone consider going to graduate school?

With the increasingly difficult job market, obtaining a higher education is what separates career candidates from the pack more so now than ever before. Master’s degrees offer further job prospects and higher pay grades to those who spend extra time in the classroom, honing their respective skills. But with so many fabulous grad programs all around the world, choosing the one that’s right for you may be difficult. What qualities should one look for in their potential program?

As highlighted in the infographic below (with statistical info provided by the folks at Graduate Programs), choosing an MBA program, for instance, doesn’t have to be as daunting as one would think. When considering programs, make sure to investigate:

  • Financial aid options
  • Social life
  • Networking qualities
  • Career support

What do you look for in a grad program?

To view the infographic full sizeplease visit the Graduate Programs blog

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Comment by Hazel Owen on April 14, 2014 at 18:52

It's great to have access to information and guides like this, Vera, as it can help inform life-changing decisions...that can also have significant financial implications. What's more, it's a bonus when someone such as yourself and the folks with whom you worked take the time and effort to compare in a visually accessible way some of that statistical data that's available and pretty comprehensive - but not always very comprehendible :-)

You might find of interest too, an edition of Peter Day's World of Business podcast that features the "Battle of ..., which looks specifically at Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology - neither of which do that well in the comparison in your infographic. Peter Day discusses "the growing rivalry between them for top students and teachers" (source), looks at whether it "is having an impact on the way management and entrepreneurship is taught" (source), and poses the question: "Will this make a difference to the next generation of company leaders?" (source). Makes for interesting listening.

Thanks again for sharing, Vera, and hope you do again soon.

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