Financial Considerations

Enrolling in a PhD program will place certain financial constraints upon yourself. Consider:

Post PhD Employment Considerations

Before applying to graduate school, it is important to ask "Where do I want to be after I complete my degree?" Possibilities include:

Regardless of which is right for you, different PhD programs may be better equipped to send its graduates in particular directions.

Ultimately, Personal connections between faculty and alumni play an important role in job placement. Thus, in considering graduate programs, it is important inquire about the outcomes of their recent graduates.

Picking a Program

Assuming you have been admitted to a few programs, and are comofrtable with the financial constraints, here are things to consider when deciding where to go.

Picking an Advisor/Research Topic

When picking an advisor and a research area, there are a number of factors to consider. These include:

  • There should be a good match between the personalities of the advisor and the student. You will spend a lot of time talking to your advisor. This time will be most effective if, at a basic level, you like one another.