The GIA is the most recognized gemological institute in the world with a high tuition price that matches the highly recognized credential. Graduates can anticipate job advantage over other candidates by holding the GIA Graduate Gemologist. The prestige of the GIA name and program is considered the finest in the world. Weaknesses include a tuition cost that is considered extremely high, lack of after-graduation support, and a program that lacks indepth training in synthetics or appraisal. Students also report a problem with the travel and related costs for distance education students to meet the requirements of attending lab classes with the GIA.
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