Graduate School

If your eye is on graduate or professional school, it is wise to spend time considering your goals and career plans in detail.  Graduate study involves a significant commitment of time, money and energy, so it is important to pursue your path with a clear vision. 

Is Graduate School for Me?
Before applying, familiarize yourself with work conditions, employment prospects and other requirements of your field.  Consult with mentors to estimate your readiness. Then ask yourself: "Is graduate study necessary to accomplish my goals?"  If the answer is yes, the resources here will help you prepare for the exam needed in your field.

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) 
GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) 
LSAT (Law School Admission Test) 
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) 
MAT (Miller Analogies Test) 
DAT (Dental Admission Test) 
OAT (Optometry Admission Test) 
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 

Graduate School: Typical Application Requirements
The below lists show the materials that graduate schools consider when evaluating your applications.  Since each graduate program is different, they may require additional materials, so you should always check with the schools to make sure you submitted all necessary materials by established deadlines.

Transcripts – You will be required to submit transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless of whether or not a degree was obtained. They will look at your GPA as part of the application process. They might also set minimum GPA requirements, so you need to review the application website very carefully.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores – Most of the graduate programs will require you to take the GRE test and submit scores for their review.  They might also set minimum GRE requirements, so be aware of these requirements.

Personal Statement – You will be asked to submit a personal statement as part of your application. This document is usually between 500 and 1000 words, but you should review each school’s requirements to make sure about the limit. You may be asked to write about a specific prompt to discuss, information related to why you are interested in graduate school, your reasons for choosing their school and program, personal goals/passions related to your desire to pursue graduate school, accomplishments and experience, career goals, etc. You will want to make an appointment with your Career Advisor to get your personal statement critiqued.

Interview – An interview is not required for the most of the master’s programs. However, always be ready because some schools might conduct interviews as part of their application evaluation criteria. On the other hand, interviewing is a huge part in application for a doctoral program.

Recommendations – Recommendation letters and/or rating forms are also required to evaluate your application. You will be asked to submit 2-3 recommendations to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school. You may want to ask for recommendations from faculty members you have worked with or learned from academically, or managers/supervisors who have overseen your professional work.

Researching Programs and Schools
Keep in mind: It is vital to gather information about graduate programs of interest to you in your chosen field and schools before you make your decision! There are several factors that you need to consider, including the culture and quality of the program, cost of the degree, deadlines, admission requirements, etc. Here are a few great resources to get you started with your research:

For more information related to preparing for graduate school, make an appointment with your Career Advisor.

Note: If you are an international applicant then you may be required to submit additional documents such as TOEFL/IELTS (English proficiency), transcript evaluation (any degree received outside of the U.S.), financial support letter, etc. when you apply for a graduate program in the United States.