Questions You Can Ask
There are two reasons to ask
good questions. First, you should ask many
questions during your graduate admissions
interview so that you can gather the
information that you need to determine if
this is the right program for you. Remember that
you are interviewing the graduate program - you
must choose the program that is right for you.
Second, of course, good questions impress
admissions committees. DO YOUR RESEARCH TO
DEVELOP GOOD QUESTIONS.
Ask away-if applicable:
do you consider the greatest strength of this
program? Of this profession?
makes a student successful in your program?
future changes do you see in this profession?
is what I know about your programů.can you tell
do graduates of your program typically work?
are recent alumni employed? What do most
students do after graduation?
types of financial aid are offered? What
criteria are used for choosing recipients?
there any scholarships or fellowships available?
How do I apply?
there teaching opportunities, such as teaching
assistantships and adjunct positions?
most students publish an article or present a
paper before graduation?
planned practical experiences are included in
the program (e.g., internships)? Ask for
examples of internship placements.
is the relative importance of admissions test
scores, undergraduate grades, recommendations,
statements on applications, experience, and
the department prefer applicants immediately out
of undergraduate programs or do they prefer
applicants with work experience? If they prefer
or require experience, what kind of experience
are they looking for?
are mentoring and advising relationships
established? Are advisors assigned?
long do most students take to graduate? How many
years of course work? How long do most students
take to complete their thesis/dissertations?
most students live near campus? What is it like
to live in this area as a graduate student (ask
to other students)
● Describe this school's curriculum in the
pre-clinical and clinical years. Are there any
innovations, like Problem-Based Learning?
● Are there opportunities for students to design,
conduct, and publish their own research?
● Is there
flexibility in the coursework (the number of
electives) and the timing of the courses
Counseling / Student Support:
● What kind of academic, personal, financial and
career counseling is available to students?
● Is there a mentor / advisor system? Who are the
advisors - faculty members, staff, other
● How diverse is the student body?
● Tell me about the library and extracurricular
facilities (i.e. housing and athletic /
● Are computer facilities integrated into the
curriculum / learning?
● What types of clinical
or internship sites are available or required for
● Is a car necessary for clinical rotations? Is
parking a problem?
● Are there stable levels of federal financial aid
and substantial amounts of university endowment
aid available to students?
● What committees have student representation?
● Are students involved in (required or voluntary)
● What types of student organizations are there?