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Most students, applying for an MS, make the mistake of selecting universities based solely magazine rankings such as US News Ranking. Though these rankings do provide a good starting point especially if you do not have any clue about universities, they should not be the only criterion for selection of a university. Rankings use their own standard for evaluation of universities which may or may not fit your background, needs and goals. So it is important that you spend some time reflecting on your goals and interests and carefully research schools that fit you.
There are many sources which can help you identify and research graduate programs. Some of the online sources include:
Once you have a broader list of universities using the above sources, you can narrow down the list. Some useful contacts to narrow down your list are:
Talking to past or present students not only provides you with a clear idea of what to expect during and after graduate studies and also enables you to make an intelligent and informed decision regarding the schools you want to apply. As an additional bonus, they also might give you good content to add to your SOP especially where you address “Why are you applying to this particular school”.
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