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Applying for Graduate School

It's never too early to begin planning for graduate and professional school.

To get a thorough overview of the planning and application process, please refer to our Graduate & Professional School Planning Guide.  The guide includes a planning timeline, required tests, CV example, and tips on writing a personal statement.

Planning Resources Available to Students
• 
Graduate & Professional School Admissions Fair held each   
   October
•  GC Grad Program Showcase in November and February
•  Special workshops and advising sessions with faculty 
•  Free copies of the Graduate Guide through the Career Center
•  Mock interviews with Career Center staff
•  Web based mock interviews through Interview Stream
•  Advising appointments with the Career Center to help you review
   your resume, CV, and personal statement
•  Careers in Student Affairs & Higher Education is hosted each
   fall  for students interested in this career field

Websites for Researching Programs
http://www.graduateguide.com  
http://www.petersons.com

Do you have the purple graduate school guide?
Pick up your FREE copy of the Graduate School Guide.  Graduate School Guides publication is provided free to the University Career Center each year. If you don't have your purple book, stop by Lanier Hall to pick yours up at any time.

What You’ll Need for Most Applications
By the summer before your senior year, you want to research potential programs and make a list of what each program will need according to their deadlines.  Requirements vary; therefore, the list below is to be used as a guideline only. 

•  To apply to law, medical, dental, and other professional
    programs, you may have to use a centralized application process
•  Letters of recommendation from faculty or previous supervisors
    in the field you are pursuing
•  Transcripts from all colleges attended (you’ll most likely have to
    send your final one after graduation as well)
•  Scores from the appropriate standardized test
•  Personal Statement or Letter of Intent
•  Interview (depends on the program but will be necessary for any
    assistantships)
•  Resume or Vitae (depends on the program but will be necessary
    for any assistantships)
•  Campus Visit (optional but highly recommended)


Graduate Admission Tests and Centralized Applications
This list is based on general research the staff conducted on graduate programs.  You should always research your specific field and program requirements to verify which tests are required and if your field of study has a centralized application service.

Most Graduate Programs

GRE

Law

LSAT and Application Service

Business

GMAT

Education

GRE or MAT and possibly GACE

Medical

MCAT
Application Service

Vet

MCAT or GRE with Biology
Application Service

Pharmacy

PCAT
Application Service

Optometry

OAT
Application Service

Dental

DAT
Application Service

 Physical Therapy

GRE

 Physical Assistant

GRE
MCAT
Application Service

 Occupational Therapy

GRE


 

 

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