Step 2: Identify and Research Graduate or Professional Programs
As a student in the School of Informatics and Computing, you are likely looking at graduate school opportunities in related fields. You might even be looking into graduate programs offered at Indiana University. The most common graduate degrees pursued by bachelor’s degree graduates from the SoIC are: Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction Design, Computer Science, and Information Systems Technology. Others go into programs that include Mathematics, Statistical Science, Biomedical Science, Sports Marketing, etc. Whether the program you are considering is on this list or not, Career Services can help you learn more. As you consider a graduate degree, take the following things into account:
Degree Type: Do you plan to pursue a master’s degree, or a PhD? Perhaps you want a Master of Science, or maybe a Master of Business Administration. You might have the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in one year, while many programs require two. A doctoral degree will take much longer.
Program of Study: What specifically do you want to study? Talking to alumni or other people in your network who have obtained the degree you are considering or who have the type of career you would like can be very helpful, but make sure you talk to more than one. You might find that there is more than one degree program that can get you to where you’d like to go.
Geographic Area: Do you have limitations and/or preferences on where you want to be geographically? Where is it most important for you to attend graduate school? Is there an area of the country that is most beneficial to your research interests? Do you have a personal reason for wanting to be in a particular area?
Admissions Criteria: Are your current G.P.A. and admissions scores between the 25th and 75th percentile for that particular school or program? These are the schools that are in your range. Some will be more of a challenge than others, but a list of schools in this range will give you a target list.
These are the most general questions with which to start. As you get more into choosing specific programs to which to apply you may also want to consider individual program features, flexibility, reputation of program, faculty and their research areas, etc. These criteria are discussed further in Step 4: Choose THE Best Program for You.
Below are some helpful links for researching graduate schools, but current faculty members can also be a great resource. Remember the general criteria above when trying to limit your searches.