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What should I look for when choosing a PhD program?

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This is an excellent question, and there are many things you can do to find out if a  PhD program is a good fit for you.  

  • If possible, take a look at the syllabus for some of the courses offered. If a course you are interested in is listed, see if the topics covered seem interesting to you.  
  • You should pay attention to the scope of the department or program, including how many faculty members are active in your area of study and how many courses are offered at any given time 
  • Career opportunities for PhDs in your field. 
  • Student quality, including the credentials and backgrounds of fellow students in your program. 
  • Talk with current students or recent graduates from the program; they can tell you what their experiences have been like. Learn more about the faculty members in the program, and try to determine whether they have expertise in your area of interest.  
  • Ask yourself, “Do I really want to spend four or more years working with these people?” 
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