Considering & Applying to Graduate School
Generally, it is a good idea to begin planning for graduate school at least a year in advance. It is essential that you plan carefully to meet all deadlines. Keep in mind that many applications require test scores and recommendations.
- if a graduate degree is a prerequisite to admission and advancement in your chosen field; or
- if you wish to receive further in-depth training in a subject of interest to you for career advancement or personal satisfaction.
- Start by gathering general information. Consult guides and online resources.
- Talk to professors, co-workers, employers, friends, and anybody else in your network.
- Visit campuses and talk to admissions personnel, faculty, and current students.
- Draw up your own set of criteria to evaluate the programs you are considering.
- Make plans to take all standardized tests that will be required of you.
- Prepare a resume or vitae to include with your applications and give to your reference writers. Complete applications and essays.
- Order transcripts.
- Mail your applications and essays by certified mail no later than a month before the deadline. Include the application processing fee. Keep copies of your application materials. If submitting application materials electronically, make sure they were sent successfully. Phone to check that all materials have been received.
The Career Resource Center (#1 EUC) contains books about graduate school programs and the application process.
A Reference File Service is available to students seeking graduate school admission.