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Graduate School: What Questions to ask before going?

  1. Jul 18, 2006 #1
    What questions should a student ask before accepting/entering graduate school? That is if they know which school/programme they are being accepted to? The programme i'm looking into is rather new. Also is it bad or frowned upon to do your undergrad/Masters/Phd all from teh same school?
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2006
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  3. Jul 18, 2006 #2

    mathwonk

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    ask about success rates, support levels, requirements, placement records, specialties represented, and ask to talk to some research professors and some current students.
     
  4. Jul 18, 2006 #3
    Ask them if it is possible to begin the program under a 'temporary adviser', to allow you to make some initial progress in coursework & research, before honing in on the 'final adviser/s'.

    This will allow you to initially expand your academic horizons; prevent you going down useless research tracks & in the end, could save you a lot of heartache.
     
  5. Jul 19, 2006 #4
    Mathwonk: what do you mean by placement records?
     
  6. Jul 19, 2006 #5

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    how good they are at finding jobs for their students.
     
  7. Jul 19, 2006 #6
    mathwonk: thanks forgot about that one
    desA: thanks...

    heh hopefully some more people will reply before 2pm
     
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