When you are choosing a masters program to participate in, first and foremost you must do your homework. There are many schools that offer many programs. So there are a few guidelines to follow:
First and foremost when looking for a college/university check to make sure they are established and that they have accreditation. This guarantees that they will provide the best education for their students for they are scrutinized on the national and regional levels and have rules and regulations they have to follow.
Second. Check to see if the GRE is required. Many colleges/universities are opting not to require this exam and instead require that you have a certain grade point average before you are accepted. Don’t rule these colleges out because they don’t require the GRE, they are just as good or even better than those that make the GRE a requirement.
Third. The right fit. Look for the master’s degree that is going to work for you. Are you going to be able to use your degree? Remember, master’s degrees are not cheap. Depending upon the college, you will spend a minimum of 18-36 thousand dollars.
Fourth. Make sure all costs are taken into consideration. What do I mean? Well if you are paying 36,000 dollars for your master’s you want to make sure your books are included as well as those other fees the Universities and Colleges will throw at you. You may also want to ask if your robe, tassel and hood are included, for these can be very costly.
Fifth. Program Requirements. Make sure everything is in print and given to you prior to signing up for the program. What do I mean? Well, some colleges/universities will want you to be on campus for graduation. You need to know this right up front so you can make arrangements. Don’t let them give you any surprises. Remember many of you are going to be working as you are going through this program. You also want to make sure whether or not there is a thesis or no thesis option. Many colleges will offer both options and it is up to the student to decide.
Finally. Don’t rule out distance learning. This was the best thing that happened to me. It was flexible and worked around my schedule. You get to meet people from all over the world. Your professors, in many instances, are from the highest caliber of the professional field and many are not your common professors but actually working in the field they are teaching. I call these guys the experts! If you are going to do the distant learning route it is especially important that the college have accreditation.