Program Reputation

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Usually program reputation is strongly linked to the faculty who are part of that program, although other factors such as accreditation and time program has been in existence also play a role.  Here are some questions to ask about the reputation of the program:

  • Is the program accredited?  By whom? Accreditation is particularly important in fields that require licensure. 
  • Is the program well-established or relatively new?
  • Is the program nationally ranked in terms of excellence? Program rankings are provided annually in US News and World Report and The Gourman Report which can be found in most libraries.