1. Why do I want to go to grad school?
2. Why do I want to do this now?
3. What type of academic or professional degree am I seeking?
4. In what geographic region do I want to study?
5. What type of learning and student experience am I seeking?
6. Will significant others, a spouse, or children impact my plans?
7. Should I consider a full-time or part-time program?
Other related articles include four myths debunked and critical steps in finding the right graduate program. InsideHigherEd's GradHacker posted a two-part series: financing and selecting a graduate school program.
Although the links below focus on doctoral programs, I believe the admissions advice is also relevant for master's programs:
- Advice for Graduate Students (Google Sites)
- Advice for Ph.D. Program Applications (Philip J. Guo)
- Graduate School Application Advice (Google Sites)
- Graduate School Tips
- Writing Your Statement of Purpose (GradHacker)