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The Graduate School Application Process

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cody morris

on 18 February 2014

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The Graduate School Application Process
Cost of Attending Grad School
The average cost of Graduate School attendance at a public University in America ranges from $10,000-$15,000 a year

On average a full time student completes a Master's degree in 2 years

Average overall debt is $30,000 for a Master's degree

How to Pay for Grad School
Graduate Assistantships
You apply to work for the University to Teach or do Research. You can receive tuition reimbursement and a stipend

Employer Benefits
Depending on your field of interest, some employers are willing to help pay for Grad school tuition

Grants and Scholarships
Graduate students are eligible to receive scholarships and grants upon application or recommendation
How to get into Grad School?
Where to Start
Graduate School admission is a competitive process, so planning is key.

The first thing to do is identify all the steps of the application process and make a timeline/checklist

Fun Facts
On average a Master's degree will earn you $14,000 more per year than an Bachelor's degree
*That $30,000 of average debt disappears pretty fast with $14,000 of extra cash per year
Want to stand out?
30% of people in the US have a Bachelor's degree

8% of people in the US have a Master's degree

Meaning job security and opportunities are significantly higher for those with a Master's degree
Start Preparing NOW!!!
It is never to early to begin to prepare

Due dates for the application
Creating Professional Statement
Creating a Resume/CV
Asking for Letters of Recommendation
Taking entrance exams (i.e. MCAT, GRE, TOFL, etc)
Completing the application and submitting all the required information

Fun Facts
Timeline/Check list
*Each application check list is unique but should include the following

Due Dates
Each deadline varies
Typically the December
before you enroll.
Begin planning a year before
your deadline
Professional Statement
A written dialog explaining your interest in the field you are applying for
Each school has their own twist on this, but usually has a 2 page requirement
You can make one document that you edit for each school
Plan to complete this early so you will have time to edit and change

Often programs require to turn in a CV (Curriculum Vitae) instead of a resume. A CV is a type of academic resume. Examples can be found online.
* Also known as Personal Statement
Complete it early and edit it multiple times
Letters of Recommendation
Programs often require 3 letters, but accept more
Ask people in the field you are applying for, like professors
Programs often prefer letter writers to have a Ph.D
Ask months in advance!!!
Entrance Exams
Different programs require different exams
A quick search will often explain which exam you need to take, or if you need to take one at all
Begin to study for the test a year in advance and allow for time to retake the exam, in case of a low grade
Informational books are worth the price and time for studying (i.e. Kaplan GRE Prep)

Completing the Application
Some programs require you to send a hard copy through the mail, while others require online submission
It is wise to complete this process at least a week before the due date
Make sure and remind letter of recommendation writers to send in their written letter in advance
Get Involved Now
Ask Professors about undergrad Teaching Assistant positions and Research Assistant positions
These type of opportunities are often a small time commitment, but give you great experience
Get involved in an RSO that relates to your area of focus
This will look great on a resume/CV for Grad school, even if you only meet with the RSO once a month.

Build Relationships
with your Professors
Ask them questions before/during/
after class

Go to their office hours to ask about the field and what route of education they took

They will be happy to help/they are not as scary as they may seem

*Building this relationship will help you to gain letters of recommendation and give you an inside perspective of the process

Utilize your Advisors
Talking with your advisors can give you a perspective from someone who has gone through the process and will give you the ability to hear about opportunities that will assist you along the way
Although the process can be very competitive, a low GPA doesn't always disqualify you
What you're involved with and your experiences can supplement a low GPA
Also highlighting a high major GPA can be a good option
Often times enrollment committees will not judge a low Freshman/Sophomore GPA as harshly

*It is still EXTREMELY important to raise your GPA as much as you can and get good grades in your final semesters

Start now, prepare, and get involved
If you are considering Graduate school at all, it is important to be informed about the application process

Graduate school applications take time and planning, so it is important to be thinking of it early and often

This Prezi will inform you of the application process
* Application fees can range from 40$-90$
-TRiO can waive application fees in certain circumstances so talk with you TRiO advisor
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