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Applying to Graduate School
Transcript of Applying to Graduate School
STATEMENTS L E T T E R S
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
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
Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
Standardized Test Scores
Letters of Reference
Transcripts All post-secondary institutions
Sometimes high school as well
May take up to 2 months!! Standardized Test scores
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?
How do THEY want it? By mail or online?
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
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
Log of Hours/Tasks
List of Addresses, Programs, Application Deadlines
Verification of Volunteer Experience Forms
List of Detailed Instructions
Feedback From Supervisors/Classmates/Workmates