Applying to Graduate School can seem like a very daunting task if you don't know where to start. By utilizing the information on this page provided by Career Services Director, Rosalie Walsh, your application process can be conducted effectively and with confidence.
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Utilize the Career Services Handouts found at the left side of the page for help with your Curriculum Vitae as well as visit the "Job Preparation" page linked to the Career Services home page for more information regarding resumes or interviewing.
You can enhance your chances of acceptance into the graduate school of your choice by engaging in any of the following:
When preparing the application form, treat every aspect about it with great care:
Most applications require an autobiographical section or a statement of career/graduate study goals. Keep these points in mind:
Almost all graduate schools require that you take an entrance exam. In Career Services, you will find information and applications for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In addition, the Academic Resource Center has guides for the chemistry portion of the MCAT, LSAT, and GRE (both general and some specific subjects tests). In metropolitan areas, training courses are offered in preparation for these exams. Unfortunately, there are none available locally.
Admissions committees always require official transcripts (as opposed to a student copy) from each college or university attended. Typically the cost for these is $5.00 each, and they must be mailed directly from the Registrar to the institution considering your application.
Letters of recommendation are essential and an important component of your application. Make sure to ask professors and previous employers early to write these letters. Do not send in more letters to any one institution than requested.
In applying for financial aid, you will probably need to complete some type of standardized Form, which is often the Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service (GAPFAS) application. For an excellent listing of financial aid definitions and a bibliography of financial aid directories, refer to: Peterson's Annual guide to Graduate and Professional Programs: An Overview available in the Career Resource Library.
Some schools require the enclosure of a curriculum vita (C.V.) or qualifications statement. Workshops, appointments, and handouts and books on resume writing are all available in Career Services to help with this process.
Many schools require a selection interview. Your effectiveness in such an interview is dependent on your level of confidence. Your confidence is dependent on the amount of preparation.
The following documents were created by Rosalie Walsh, director of Career Services to assist you in your graduate school endeavors.
The Complete Grad School Guide
THE COMPLETE GRAD SCHOOL GUIDE.pdf
This guide contains everything you need from researching grad schools, to applying, and more.
A Curriculum Vitae ("CV" or "vita") is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities.
Resumes and Cover Letters
Your resume is your single most important document in your job search. Consider it your marketing tool--this packet will help you sell yourself more effectively. Remember, never send a resume without a cover letter. A cover letter is one more marketing tool and very essential to the application process.
Action Verbs for Resumes.pdf
Utilizing action verbs in your resume is one of the most important ways to make your resume stand out in a crowd.
Behavioral based interviewing is a new style of interviewing that more and more companies and organizations are using in their hiring process. Use this handout to learn what it is and how to nail it.
Interviewers look for the potential of new employees to become valued, trusted, productive team members of their company. Use this handout to tailor your interview answers to what employers are looking for.