Depending on your career goals and readiness, you may choose to go to graduate school right after completing an undergraduate degree or wait until you’ve entered the workforce. Graduate or professional schools are large time and financial commitments so make sure that you take the time necessary to evaluate this decision and commitment.
Things to consider:
- Build your graduate school wish list
- Research schools and programs
- Review academic admission requirements
- Talk with faculty and current graduate students
- Study for entrance exams; GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.
- Apply for admission
- If applicable, register with Pre-Health or Pre-Law programs
Many programs require one or more graduate exams as a part of the application process. Because these exams are not always offered in convenient locations or at convenient times, be sure you inquire early. Most of these exams also have a cost attached to them.
The Student Success Center offers prep courses and testing dates for the GRE, GMAT and LSAT tests.
Most schools have online application forms. Take care when completing these and pay close attention to posted deadlines. During the application process, you will typically be required to provide transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Be sure to request or draft these well in advance to meet all required deadlines. In addition, you may be required to interview. Schedule an appointment in Handshake if you would like to participate in a mock interview.
Graduate programs can often be costly. Even the application process will come with expenses for exams, application fees, and transcript delivery. While specific offerings can vary, there are often ways to offset the cost of these programs. Graduate assistantships can offer stipends or tuition waivers, and financial aid in the form of scholarships and educational loans should also be considered. Get in contact with the Financial Aid Office of prospective institutions to learn more about specific opportunities to offset costs.
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