Start your research early using these strategies and resources to identify the programs and institutions that best match your interests and career goals.

What to Research

  • Talk to UNL faculty in your interest area about their training, research and publications
  • Clarify the specific area in which you hope to earn your advanced degree as similar programs can vary in focus
  • Research faculty in each program as well as their areas of specialty including research interests and projects
  • Contact admissions representatives to learn about standards and procedures, degree requirements, length of the program, costs, financial aid, assistantships and fellowships
  • Communicate with students from each program and ask about their experience, impressions of faculty, coursework, and campus life
  • Identify the career paths typical from each program and if possible, connect with alumni about their experience
  • Consider geographic location, population, housing, cost of living, and cultural and social opportunities
  • Visit the individual campuses if possible and meet with faculty and current students.

Institution and Program Guides

The following resources may be helpful as you research institutions and programs. In addition, the Career Resource Center (225 NU) had additional print resources about graduate & professional school as well as tips on preparing application materials.

  • provides searchable curriculum based directories that include program descriptions, contact information and links.
  • Peterson's Graduate Schools and Programs allows you to find graduate schools and programs at accredited universities by name, location or program of study.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate and professional programs.
  • Princeton Review offers a section for prospective graduate and professional school students about researching programs as well as information on admission tests.
  • Student Doctor Network includes an interview feedback section to review ratings and questions supplied by students who interviewed for health programs.
  • BloombergBusinessWeek offers tools to explore business schools and MBA programs.