Next, consider what your online graduate school has to offer in the way of services and resources for students. Think about your individual needs, and research criteria such as:

  • Faculty. Instructors make an education. Before enrolling, research the teachers in your graduate program by inquiring at the school and using independent websites such as Rate My Professor.
  • Online Library Services. An essential tool for every education, libraries at online graduate schools typically offer some or all course material online for free or at a reduced cost. The graduate program you’re considering should make its library services easily accessible for online research or email requests.
  • Academic Advising. At the master’s degree level, academic advisers help to tailor program curriculum to the graduate student’s career goals, academic needs, and professional schedule.
  • Career Services and Placement. Current master’s degree candidates and recent graduates of online programs should have access to quality career placement services, which can include counseling, resume assistance, interviewing skills, and networking. Find out how long after graduation you will have access to this type of resource.
  • Tutoring. Graduate students need to take more responsibility for their learning than they did as undergraduates, and tutoring is one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that. For graduate students learning online, the distance education provider should offer online tutoring through discussion boards or email.

These reliable resources make up a graduate student’s educational support system, an essential tool from the time you enroll until the post-graduation job search.

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