For students considering graduate and professional school

Researching schools and programs will open your eyes to the wide variety of graduate and professional education options that exist, and enable you to seek programs that match your career goals and interests. As you research, look for answers to questions important to you, which could include:

  • What are the employment and continuing education next steps of students who complete this graduate or professional programs?
  • Are most students who enter the graduate program entering directly after the undergraduate degree? Or do they enter with work experience first?
  • Is the program geared toward full-time students, or toward part-time students who are maintaining full-time employment?
  • If you have research interests: What are the research opportunites and research interests and expertise of the faculty?
  • What is the size of the cohort? Do students work closely with fellow students?

Of course there are many other questions that will be important to you based on your individual situation. Graduate and professional school is a large investment of time and money, and requires physical, mental and emotional energy and stamina. A good fit between yourself and the grad program and school is important to determine before you commit to that investment. Be cautious about rankings and so-called "best school" labels. Do your research on the criteria used for these evaluations and focus on what criteria and characteristics are of value to you. The best school for you is the one with the best fit for you, and might be different from the best school for one of your friends.

Online research is your starting point. As you consider schools, make arrangements to connect in person. Plan to visit the campus if possible. Watch for open houses. Make appointments in advance with admissions advisors, and/or graduate program directors, and/or faculty with whom you might want to work on research projects. Watch for opportunities to connect with representatives who might be visiting Virginia Tech, or attending graduate or professional school fairs, to meet with prospective students.

CAUTIONS and DISCLAIMERS  about the resources listed below.

  • Career and Professional Development does not own or maintain websites external to career.vt.edu that are listed below, and we have no control over their content. We provide links as a service to Virginia Tech students. 
  • Career and Professional Development does not endorse any specific school or program. 
  • Career and Professional Development does not endorse any product for sale by any vendor whose website might be listed and linked. You will find both fee and fee-based information and services online. If you choose to purchase fee-based services, do so of your own volition after having researched the options.
  • With the exception of Virginia Tech programs, or where noted, resources are listed in alpha order.

General  |  All programs and fields  |  RESEARCH SCHOOLS:

General  |  All programs and fields  |  TEST PREP

ETS.org - Educational Testing Service 
Official administrator of admission tests.

Additional resources in ALPHA ORDER:

Business school:

Law school:

Medicine | Health Professions | Health Administration

Veterinary Medicine

Tip: Be cautious about rankings and so-called "best school" labels. Do your research on the criteria used for these evaluations and focus on what criteria and characteristics are of value to you. The best school for you might be different from the best school for one of your friends.