The graduate school route entails a tough decision-making process, but with the right information at your fingertips, taking the first steps—which means finding your best fit graduate program and graduate school—doesn’t have to be too hard. is here to help you! Using the latest publicly available information, we assess the numerous graduate programs offered by universities across the United States. To present the best options for prospective graduate students, we create a shortlist of the institutions that meet or exceed our ranking indicators:


A grad school program should lead to an enriching learning experience where students emerge as experts in their field:


A graduate school is expected to provide additional services to give students access to the latest facilities and equipment. Under this ranking factor, we ask these questions:


To determine if a graduate school meets this criterion, we ask these questions:

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In addition to using the parameters above, the researchers, writers and editors of also gather relevant and up-to-date information from’s College Navigator. We link to reliable, independent resources when citing data and statistics pertaining to graduate study, including the national organization, Council for Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

While may focus primarily on graduate study, we also feature undergraduate and non-degree vocational or technical programs that we believe are useful to higher education students seeking the right direction toward to a lucrative and fulfilling career in a specific discipline.

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