General Graduate School Questions

Below is a list of commonly used questions for graduate school interviews and questions to be researched when seeking a graduate program.

  • What are the admission requirements (GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview)?
  • What is the average entrance exam score and GPA of students who are accepted?
  • When is the application deadline?
  • Is there an early admissions deadline?
  • What is the application process/timeline (application materials, interview)?
  • Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
  • How important is it for applicants to have extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience?
  • Are there any recommended courses in addition to the stated pre-requisites?
  • How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  • What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  • Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  • Will I complete an internship as part of the program?
  • How much choice will I have about where I do my internship?
  • How many faculty members are there and what are their areas of research?
  • What do you think is unique about your program?
  • How many years on average does it take students to complete the program?
  • Is a thesis, dissertation, or comprehensive examination(s) required for completion of the degree?
  • Will I be able to take electives to pursue other areas of interest?
  • What is the projected size of the entering cohort?
  • Do you reserve spots for in-state residents?
  • Do you provide joint degrees?
  • Where are graduates of the program employed?
  • What percentage of your graduates are employed in a relevant field within six months to one year of graduation?
  • Could you tell me more about the facilities (libraries, labs, offices, gyms)?
  • Could you tell me more about student life on campus (diversity of the students, student organizations, housing, and campus support services)?
  • Do you have open houses or information sessions?  Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  • May I contact you if I have additional questions?