This brochure is a complete revision of the 1994 edition, which was a project of the Committee on Graduate Education in Physics of the American Association of Physics Teachers. That edition contained some material drawn by permission from the pamphlet Planning for Graduate Studies in Physics, first published by the American Institute of Physics in 1980.
This revision has been informed by numerous changes in information technology, student demographics, and career opportunities that are having a significant impact on students making the transition from undergraduate to graduate education in physics and many other fields. I wish to thank the following colleagues at other institutions for their suggestions in reviewing this edition: Richard Jacob (Arizona State University), Kenneth Krane (Oregon State University), and Robert Ehrlich (George Mason University).
Dennis C. Henry
Gustavus Adolphus College
April 4, 2001