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Applying to Graduate School

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Ross Stogryn

on 24 April 2010

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Transcript of Applying to Graduate School

Applying TO GRADUATE SCHOOL start here! Preparing to Apply APPLICATION
cOMPONENTS pERSONAL
STATEMENTS L E T T E R S
O F
r E F E R E N C E RESEARCH
PROSEPECTIVE SCHOOLS What kind of degree(s) are they offering?

What will the resulting degree/certification allow me to do?

What does the program involve?




What reputation does the school have in my desired field?

How do the program's orientation/philosophy/vision/goals mesh with my own?

Application requirements/How do I apply?
Length of program
Thesis/Dissertation?
Comprehensive Exam?
Practical Training/Experience?
Etc... when should I start? Some things to consider: How many schools?

What is required for each application?

What are your time commitments in the months before the deadline(s)?

How long does it take to gather various application materials?
General Rule: SOONER IS BETTER! Common Application Materials Transcripts

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement/Letter of Intent

Standardized Test Scores

Letters of Reference

Supplementary Materials

Additional Materials??
Transcripts All post-secondary institutions

Sometimes high school as well

May take up to 2 months!! Standardized Test scores
GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT Etc...

Time your test(s) well

Allow yourself time to retake exam(s)

Does the testing institutions mail results directly to schools?
Curriculum vitae CV Highlights education, credentials, specialized training, publications, conference presentations, accomplisments/awards, & relevant work experience

No set page limit


Caution! Creating these can take a LOT of time! Start this process EARLY!

Suggestions Speak to advisors in relevant faculties
Speak to admissions directors at prospective institutions
Speak to other grad students Supplementary Materials/Other Additional forms?

Portfolio?

How do THEY want it? By mail or online?
payment method
other requirements? One of the most IMPORTANT aspects of an application!! Answers important questions such as: Who am I?

Where am I coming from?

Why this program?

What have I done? How do I and the program FIT eachother? What to expect Length - 350 words to 10 pages

Very general guidelines or very specific questions

Self-reflection

Expectations for the program

Long and short-term academic and career goals

Who would you want to work with?

Strengths & Areas of Growth Example Questions Outline your general career objectives, including both intermediete and longterm academic and professional goals. (Max 450 words)


Introduce your specific research interests. What specific area, issue or problem would you like to investigate? Why is it important to you, other researchers, practitioners, or educators more generally? What are some specific research questions related to you field of study? How might you investigate these questions in a research study? How would you hope to shape future research and practice through your investigation? (Max 1000 words) What a referee may require CV
Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
Coursework/Papers
Log of Hours/Tasks
List of Addresses, Programs, Application Deadlines
Reference/Waiver Forms
Verification of Volunteer Experience Forms
List of Detailed Instructions
Feedback From Supervisors/Classmates/Workmates
Additional Materials...
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