If you are asking yourself this question then you are thinking about embarking on a very interesting journey. I remember in the good ol’ days when I was single (not too long ago 🙂 ) we were always reminded to consider the following when choosing a life partner: the right person, the right place and the right time…I think these three hold true when you are thinking of applying to grad school (instead of right person, I say right program) and I’ll add a couple more: right reasons and right resources.
1. Right program
When considering the program, you need to consider BOTH the strength/type of program you are applying for and how it fits into your overall career/professional goals. You’ll notice for both Masters and PhD applications there is a section where they ask you what are your career goals and how do you see the program helping you achieve those goals.