Applying and Paying for Graduate
and Professional School
Now that you are considering graduate or professional
school, what type of programs should you consider, how
can you pay for your education, and what is the application
process? These links will provide helpful information.
FOR APPLYING TO GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
You should begin the application process no later than
the summer before your senior year of college or at
least a year before you plan to start graduate school.
Many students who have had graduate school in mind for
most of their undergraduate careers start much earlier.
This timetable is approximate, but it offers an idea
of the steps you must think about and, roughly, when
you must complete each step. No generalized chart provides
the specifics that you will need to meet your personal
Step by Step Graduate School Preparation
A neat interactive chart to help you plan for graduate
Graduate School Application Timeline
Timeline for Applying to Medical School
Application Timeline and Tips for applying to medical
APPLYING TO GRADUATE
The Application Package
A typical application package will consist of several
Graduate School Essays
Today, the process of admissions for graduate programs
is highly competitive. In addition to the quantitative
data (tests scores and academic transcripts) and other
materials that you will be asked to submit to a school's
admissions committee, a piece of writing -- variously
called a "statement of purpose," "personal essay," or
"statement of background and goals" -- will probably
be required as well.
Components of the Graduate School
Regardless of discipline, virtually all graduate school
applications entail the same basic components:
· GRE or other standardized test scores
· Letters of recommendation
· Personal statement and/or admissions essay(s)
All About Recommendation Letters
Nearly every graduate program requires applicants to submit
letters of recommendation. Don't underestimate the importance
of these letters. While your transcript, standardized
test scores, and personal statement/admissions essay are
vital components to your graduate school application,
an excellent letter of recommendation can make up for
weaknesses in any of these areas.
Guide to Graduate School Admissions
Let's face it, applying to graduate school is a complicated
process. What do you do and, more importantly, when do
you do it? What are letters of recommendation? What's
the GRE? When do you begin preparing for graduate school?
These are just a few of the many questions that I receive
from readers each week.
Sell Yourself: Guidance for Developing
Your Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications
It’s the night before the application deadline
and Jamal has completed all application forms, requested
transcripts, and asked for letters of recommendation from
his professors and research mentor. One last piece needs
his attention, however: the personal statements. One application
states, “Discuss how your past educational, research
and/or work experience(s) will contribute to your proposed
studies.” Another application asks, “What
are your career goals and how do you see our program supporting
Admissions Advice: How to Get into Graduate School
Everything you need to decide if graduate school is for
you, improve your credentials for admission to graduate
school, locate and evaluate graduate programs, prepare
your graduate school application and graduate admissions
essays, ask for letters of recommendation, and prepare
for graduate admissions interviews -- all the essential
information to get you into the graduate school of your
Sciences, Engineering, & Math:
Resources for Applicants and Students
Resources for applicants to graduate school (and current
graduate students) in the fields of science, engineering,
computer science, and mathematics.
The Grad School Handbook
Here, GradSchools.com gives you some key excerpts from
The Grad School Handbook. This book is a manual on how
to get in to graduate school, and how to succeed once
you are in. The chapters given here are on Why Graduate
School?, Deciding Where to apply, and Paying for the
Degree. A fourth topic, getting information on graduate
schools, is covered elsewhere on gradschools.com.
Directory of Professional Master's Programs
The Directory of Professional Master's Programs
in the United States. Is arranged alphabetically by
state or by the type of master's program .
TO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
Applying to Medical School
You've decided to dedicate your life to the practice
of medicine. But first, you need to take the MCAT®,
the Medical College Admission Test, and then apply to
medical school through AMCAS®, the American Medical
College Application Service. And, you'll want to research
programs that are right for you. It's all possible.
This Web site provides a guiding hand to those who've
decided to take the plunge.
Medical School Interview
Ninety percent of unsuccessful interviews are a result
of one of two common mistakes made by interviewees. One
is being under prepared to answer a specific question;
the other is being over prepared. Underpreparation results
from the misconception that because it is not possible
to predict with accuracy the specific questions that will
be asked, it is impossible and/or inefficient to practice
answers. The telltale signs of this mistake are meandering,
disorganized replies to open-ended questions, contradictions,
Frequently Asked Questions about
Thinking about becoming a doctor but have several questions?
Check out these FAQ's on becoming a doctor.
for Graduate/Professional School
to access additional information.