Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying:
Here are some suggested questions to consider as you evaluate your readiness to pursue additional graduate or professional school options:
- Do your career goals require an advanced degree for entry into the profession?
- Can you describe your personal and professional reasons for going to graduate school?
- Does your undergraduate record reflect your ability to do graduate level work?
- Are you willing to undertake the financial obligations that will result from continuing your education?
- Are you ready for one to five more years of course work at a much more intense level than your undergraduate experience?
How to Become a Competitive Applicant
Gaining admission to graduate school is a competitive process. It’s important that you possess the qualifications you need to be accepted. Here are few key areas to focus on: GPA; undergraduate research; experiential learning, such as internships, study abroad, or work experience; community involvement; and professional affiliations. You will also need strong letters of recommendation from faculty or research advisors – it can take years to develop a professional relationship.
Applying to graduate school is a multi-stage process that takes a great deal of time and planning. To increase your likelihood of being accepted, you need to start at least a year in advance to identify program specific deadlines, complete admittance exams and compile your application packet which may include: transcripts, letter of recommendations, personal statements, curriculum vitae, and more.
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