Applying and Paying for Graduate and Professional School

Now that you are considering graduate or professional school, what type of programs should you consider, how can you pay for your education, and what is the application process?  These links will provide helpful information.


TIMELINE FOR APPLYING TO GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL


You should begin the application process no later than the summer before your senior year of college or at least a year before you plan to start graduate school. Many students who have had graduate school in mind for most of their undergraduate careers start much earlier. This timetable is approximate, but it offers an idea of the steps you must think about and, roughly, when you must complete each step. No generalized chart provides the specifics that you will need to meet your personal timeline.

Read more:
http://www.cgsnet.org/ResourcesForStudents/timetable.htm


Step by Step Graduate School Preparation
A neat interactive chart to help you plan for graduate school.

Read more:

http://ls.berkeley.edu/stepbystep/fresh-academics.html

Graduate School Application Timeline
http://education.indiana.edu/~career/fulltime/gs_application_timeline.html
Timeline for Applying to Medical School
Application Timeline and Tips for applying to medical school.

Read more:
http://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/resources/timeline.htm


APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL

The Application Package
A typical application package will consist of several components.

Read more:
http://career.ucla.edu/gradschool/apply/


Graduate School Essays
Today, the process of admissions for graduate programs is highly competitive. In addition to the quantitative data (tests scores and academic transcripts) and other materials that you will be asked to submit to a school's admissions committee, a piece of writing -- variously called a "statement of purpose," "personal essay," or "statement of background and goals" -- will probably be required as well.

Read more:
http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/gradapp.html


Components of the Graduate School Application
Regardless of discipline, virtually all graduate school applications entail the same basic components:
· Transcript
· GRE or other standardized test scores
· Letters of recommendation
· Personal statement and/or admissions essay(s)

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/od/admissionsadvice/a/overview.htm



All About Recommendation Letters

Nearly every graduate program requires applicants to submit letters of recommendation. Don't underestimate the importance of these letters. While your transcript, standardized test scores, and personal statement/admissions essay are vital components to your graduate school application, an excellent letter of recommendation can make up for weaknesses in any of these areas.

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/cs/askingforletters/a/recletter.htm


Guide to Graduate School Admissions
Let's face it, applying to graduate school is a complicated process. What do you do and, more importantly, when do you do it? What are letters of recommendation? What's the GRE? When do you begin preparing for graduate school? These are just a few of the many questions that I receive from readers each week.

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/cs/generaladvice/a/guide.htm


Sell Yourself: Guidance for Developing Your Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications
It’s the night before the application deadline and Jamal has completed all application forms, requested transcripts, and asked for letters of recommendation from his professors and research mentor. One last piece needs his attention, however: the personal statements. One application states, “Discuss how your past educational, research and/or work experience(s) will contribute to your proposed studies.” Another application asks, “What are your career goals and how do you see our program supporting your goals?”

Read more:
http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2006_01_06/sell_yourself_guidance_for_developing_your_personal_statement_for_graduate_school_applications


Admissions Advice: How to Get into Graduate School
Everything you need to decide if graduate school is for you, improve your credentials for admission to graduate school, locate and evaluate graduate programs, prepare your graduate school application and graduate admissions essays, ask for letters of recommendation, and prepare for graduate admissions interviews -- all the essential information to get you into the graduate school of your choice.

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/od/admissionsadvice/

Sciences, Engineering, & Math: Resources for Applicants and Students
Resources for applicants to graduate school (and current graduate students) in the fields of science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics.

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/od/sciencesmath/

The Grad School Handbook
Here, GradSchools.com gives you some key excerpts from The Grad School Handbook. This book is a manual on how to get in to graduate school, and how to succeed once you are in. The chapters given here are on Why Graduate School?, Deciding Where to apply, and Paying for the Degree. A fourth topic, getting information on graduate schools, is covered elsewhere on gradschools.com.

Read more:
http://academic.uofs.edu/department/ocs/ocsgrad.html


Directory of Professional Master's Programs
The Directory of Professional Master's Programs in the United States. Is arranged alphabetically by state or by the type of master's program .

Read more:

http://www.ams.org/employment/masters.html

APPLYING TO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL

Applying to Medical School
You've decided to dedicate your life to the practice of medicine. But first, you need to take the MCAT®, the Medical College Admission Test, and then apply to medical school through AMCAS®, the American Medical College Application Service. And, you'll want to research programs that are right for you. It's all possible. This Web site provides a guiding hand to those who've decided to take the plunge.

Read more:
http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/start.htm


Medical School Interview
Ninety percent of unsuccessful interviews are a result of one of two common mistakes made by interviewees. One is being under prepared to answer a specific question; the other is being over prepared. Underpreparation results from the misconception that because it is not possible to predict with accuracy the specific questions that will be asked, it is impossible and/or inefficient to practice answers. The telltale signs of this mistake are meandering, disorganized replies to open-ended questions, contradictions, and redundancies.

Read more:
http://www.essayedge.com/medical/admissions/interview.shtml
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical School
Thinking about becoming a doctor but have several questions? Check out these FAQ's on becoming a doctor.

Read more:
http://gradschool.about.com/od/medicalschool/

Paying for Graduate/Professional School

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