Questions You Should Ask During a Graduate School Interview


The choice to pursue an graduate degree is a big one. The program you select will determine how satisfied you are throughout the experience and with the ultimate outcome.

Treat your graduate school interview with the same respect and preparation you would for a “I really want this job” interview. Check the school’s website and social media for any current news before your interview. This may help you have a positive conversation right from the beginning and then move to impactful, knowledgeable questions.

Here are some questions to consider asking the admissions committee or college representative during your interview or a campus visit:

  • How would you describe the culture of the college?
  • What kind of learning experience can I expect? Are classes primarily lectures, case studies, experiential learning, etc.?
  • Can you tell me the role career services plays in my education?
  • What events, lectures and other learning opportunities outside of the classroom are available?
  • Will I have a program advisor to work with in helping me shape my education?
  • What qualities are you looking for in an ideal student?
  • What differentiates my learning experience in your program from other similar programs in the area?
  • Can you share your placement rate for MBA/MS graduates over the last few years? What industries were most popular?
  • If I need employment assistance, or want to go in a different direction in a few years, what services do you provide to alumni?
  • Can you tell me a little bit about your faculty?
  • How much flexibility do I have in shaping my graduate program?
  • Is it possible to sit in on a live class?
  • Can I speak to a current student and/or an alumnus about their experience in the program?

Always end on a positive note and thank the admissions committee for their time.

John Adamski

Director, Graduate Admissions

John has over 30 years experience as a sales and marketing executive in the information management industry. As the Director of Graduate Admissions at LeBow, he has reviewed thousands of graduate school applications as a member of the admissions and scholarship review committees.

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