3 Factors in Selecting a Master’s Program

What master’s programs will you apply to? Selecting a master’s program entails many factors that you need to consider. It’s not just a matter of determining your field of study – master’s programs in any given discipline may vary widely. Master’s programs differ in academics, but also in training philosophies and emphases. In deciding where to apply, consider your own goals and directions as well as your resources. Consider the following:

Basic Demographics
Once you know your area of study and desired degree, the most basic considerations in selecting a master’s programs to which to apply are location and cost. Considering our program is solely online with two weekends spent in Laramie, you won’t have to pick up your family and move across the country for a few years. You can maintain your current career and home life while doing your studies, in your comfy clothes, online. Apply here!

Program Goals
Not all master’s programs in a given area, like Health Services Administration, for example, are the same. Programs often have different emphases and goals. Study program materials to learn about faculty and program priorities. Are students trained to produce theory or research? Are they trained for careers in academia or the real world? Are students encouraged to apply findings outside of academic contexts? This information is hard to come by and must be inferred by studying faculty interests and activities as well as examining the curriculum and requirements. Check out our FAQ’s here.

Do you find the classes and curriculum interesting?

Faculty
Who are the faculty? What are their areas of expertise? Are they distinguished? Are they all about to retire? Do they publish with students? Can you see yourself working any of them, preferably more than one? Have you connected with them on Linkedin?

There are many things to consider when choosing master’s programs to which to apply. It may seem daunting and overwhelming, but putting in the time to carefully select master’s programs will make it easier later on when you are accepted and must decide where to attend — that decision is much more challenging.