What does the Application Procedure Involve?
Applying to graduate schools and programs is more involved than applying to undergraduate institutions. The process is often more complicated and the procedures
are more in depth, depending on the schools and programs to which you apply. Unlike undergraduate institutions, graduate schools often require you to apply to
both the graduate school and particular graduate program of interest to you. You will want to contact both the Graduate School Admissions Office and the department
of your chosen graduate program.
The graduate program application process generally consists of an application form, an application fee, transcript(s), admission test scores and supporting documents.
Depending on the school and program, these requirements may differ. Most of these documents can be obtained through different offices around campus; however,
the supporting documents are usually done yourself. The Career Services Office can provide assistance in producing some of the supporting documents, including:
- Application Checklist/Timeline - Click here for Example, Page 18
- Professional Vita/Resume
A vita is similar to a resume. While a resume lists work experiences relevant to the job to which you are applying, a vita lists academic experiences applicable
to a graduate program. It should summarize your academic and pertinent employment history in a structured format.
Visit our Resume or Curriculum Vitae Resources
- Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose is a written essay that communicates your educational and professional goals, background and past experiences related to your
professional goals, and motivation and commitment to pursue a graduate degree. Remember that the viewers will use the statement of purpose to judge your
writing and communication abilities. Be clear, concise, and organized. Try keeping the length of the statement to one or two pages.
Click here for Example, Page 28
- Letters of Recommendation
One of the biggest mistakes a graduate applicant can make is to submit letters of recommendation that are weak or from sources who are not credible. With this
in mind, select three or four persons, such as professors, advisors, or supervisors, who will positively communicate about your work habits, your academic ability,
and your character.
Click here for helpful tips, Page 17
For a complete Graduate Guide: Click Here