Graduate School Application Process

If you are interested in graduate school, it is best to start preparing in your junior year for the application process. Click here to download a PowerPoint about Successful Graduate School Applications

Why Attend Graduate School?

  • You have a clarity of purpose in career and personal goals.
  • You understand how a graduate degree fits with your goals.
  • You understand what a graduate degree will do for you, such as a professional license, marketability, advancement in a field, or to teach in higher education.

Bad Reasons To Choose Graduate School

  • You don't know what else to do.
  • To avoid going to work.
  • To please others that want you to go.
  • Because you have good standardized test scores.

How To Choose A Graduate Program

  • Good advisor in your specialty. Your advisor generally becomes a very important mentor to you as you complete graduate school.
  • Make sure program has classes in your specialty.
  • Be sure to check what application pre-requisites might be required and that you meet them.
  • Be sure they have good research facilities, an adequate library, and the accessibility of the faculty.
  • Try to find out the reputation of both the faculty and the program.
  • Geographical considerations.

Application Timetable

  • Start researching graduate school programs in your junior year, if still a student. Generally, 1 1/2 years before you want to start program.
  • Take the standardized tests about 1 year before you want to start.
  • Get letters of recommendation and complete applications about 8 months to a year before you want to start. Base this timeline on the deadlines for the programs.
  • Six months before you start, verify that schools have received your application. Be sure to follow-up with programs and be proactive.

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