Graduate School

Considerations:

  • Do I know how graduate or professional school will help me in my professional path?
  • Am I specific and clear in the type of programs I want/need? for the next 2-5 years?
  • For my industry is graduate/professional school advised right after undergraduate or to work professionally for a few years first?
  • Do I have the financial resources I need?
  • Am I ready to continue my education?
  • Why you shouldn’t go to graduate school

If you answer “no” to any of these questions, consider consulting with a professional career center staff member before investing considerable time, money and energy into applying to graduate and professional programs.

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, consult with a career center staff member to assist you with the application journey!

Search for Programs:

  • Check out mygraduateschool.com for terrific advice on all related topics, searching, applying, personal statements, financing, U.S. and international schools.
  • The Career Center purchases a subscription to collegesource.org which can help you identify graduate programs.
  • Petersen’s Guides to Graduate School also lists graduate programs by discipline. You can find this year’s guides in the Career Center. Just drop-in when we’re open (M-F, 8:30a.m.-12p.m. & 1p.m.-4:30p.m.).
  • Talk to faculty in the area of your interest. They can help guide you to programs to best fit your interests.
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Graduate School Fairs early October:

Application Process:

  • When you begin depends on the program: spring junior year, summer, or early fall of senior year.
  • Prepare for/take relevant tests; GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty and internship supervisor. Six weeks prior to application deadline, give letter writers
    • List of schools/programs
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Your updated resume
    • Draft of personal statement
  • Write personal statement, take it to the Writing Center, and solicit feedback either from faculty or career center staff
  • Personal Statement helpful resources: petersons.com, gradschool.about.com, accepted.com
  • Contact every program to ensure your application is complete.
  • Consult with the career center staff and/or your faculty for additional guidance.
  • Write thank you letters to your recommenders, and inform them of the outcomes.