You’re a different person after you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. You’ve matured as an adult and as a learner. And as you embark upon your journey for a graduate degree, you know exactly what you’re looking for out of an education. You’re in control. Daemen College understands your desire to increase your knowledge base and experience and provides every opportunity to help you pursue your educational and professional goals. So, here’s how you can get the most out of your graduate degree.
Getting the Most Value for Your Graduate Degree.
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Understanding your desired graduate degree is the first step. But there’s a lot more to consider when choosing where you’ll further your education. What program—and at which school—gives you the best opportunity to take the next step? Is the faculty at the school you’re looking at connected within their respective fields and professions? Will you receive practical experience as part of your education? Ask the graduate admissions counselor and faculty these types of questions to better understand the department. And ask yourself what this advanced degree will do for your future? Will you be able to get the job you want quickly? For example, at Daemen College, many programs, including the Master of Social Work, graduates have a job placement rate of 100%.
Consider the Best Scheduling Options for You
Maybe you’re currently working or have limited free time to attend classes during the day. Matching your availability with the anticipated class schedule is key to reducing frustrations and getting the most out of your graduate education. Find schools that offer flexible scheduling options like evening classes, part-time enrollment, online courses and hybrid schedules. Your options may differ from college to college. For example, Daemen’s Nursing department offers both full- and part-time options.
Check Your Program’s Structure
Similarly, you want to be sure that the program you’re looking at offers everything you want and need. What are the class sizes? Is the program cohort-based? Cohort-based programs foster lifelong relationships as you all go through the same classes together, leading to a stronger professional network after you earn your degree. Plus, when you know your classmates that well it can really help with studying, planning for exams and sharing career information.
Visit the Campus
After you’ve completed your online research, visit the campuses of your choice in person. Do you feel safe on campus—especially at night walking to your car? Is it easy to get in and out of? These in-person visits can provide you with face-to-face opportunities to ask faculty questions. What is their teaching philosophy and approach to graduate learning? How big are classes and/or cohorts? How long does the program take to complete and—perhaps most importantly—how reputable is it?
Weigh Financial Aid Options
Investigate all of the scholarship opportunities available for those obtaining their master’s degree. Are there merit-based scholarships? Are there scholarships specific for your desired program? Apply to your top college choices and receive their full financial aid packages; this comparison is an important factor in helping you make the best decision for your professional and financial future. Many of Daemen’s graduate programs offer scholarships.