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1 Graduate School Decisions Presented by Career Services

2 Main Points Continuing Education Assessment Researching Graduate Programs Preparing Materials Graduate Admission Tests Graduate School Interview Graduate School Life Financing

3 Assessment of Career Goals  Sure thing: Medicine, Law, Research  Strong Desire for Advanced Studies  Enhance and broaden educational Background  Educational Requirements for Career **Not a default, will only extend the inevitable**

4 Work Experience vs. Graduate School Work Experience Assist you in identifying new Career Paths Opportunity for paid schooling/training Develop experience before choosing advanced degree Graduate School Expand your knowledge base (Pure Science) Terminal Degrees- highest academic degree in a field of study (MBA, MLS, PH.D) Possible higher salaries or progressive position

5 Program Research Program Areas Time Frame to receive degree Practicum Required Dissertation/Thesis Location and cost of living Tuition/Financing Fellowships, Scholarships, Remission Do you meet the requirements? GPA, Undergrad degree, major credits What prep classes will be required? Professional Resources Faculty Professionals: Informational Interviewing Admission Counselors: Current and of prospective programs Academic Departments Current Graduate Students Professional Associations

6 Program Ratings & Research Peterson’s Guide: www.petersons.com U.S. News & World Report: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com/grad/ **Choose by program, not solely by Institution

7 Accredited Programs What is Accreditation? A process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. (Peer review) Sample Professional Accreditations: Engineering: ABET Business: IACBE –International Association of Business Communication Law: ABA – American Bar Association

8 Grad Program Research Are the programs accredited by a professional peer association? Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT/COAMFTE) Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (CoA-NA) American Association of Nurse Anesthetists American Bar Association (ABA) Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar American Bar Association American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Board of Trustees American Council for Construction Education American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation American Dental Association American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE-ADA) American Dietetic Association American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (CoA) American Library Association American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) American Occupational Therapy Association American Optometric Association (AOA) Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) American Optometric Association American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education American Physical Therapy Association American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Accreditation (CoA) American Psychological Association American Society for Microbiology American College of Microbiology American Society for Microbiology American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) American Society of Landscape Architects American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology American Speech-Language-Hearing Association American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Division of Education and Research American Veterinary Medical Association Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) American Physical Therapy Association Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Council on Aviation Accreditation (CAA) Council on Aviation Accreditation Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) Commission on Accreditation Council on Chiropractic Education Council on Education for Public Health Council on Occupational Education Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) Commission on Standards and Accreditation Council on Rehabilitation Education Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Office of Social Work Accreditation and Educational Excellence Council on Social Work Education Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Radiologic Technology Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) National Architectural Accrediting Board National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) National Association of Industrial Technology National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Teacher Education Accreditation Council Provided in Wikipedia

9 Grad School Preparation Research done by Fall Create a timeline for yourself and track deadline dates and submission of documents by spreadsheet Standardized Test Transcript Requests Small fee Electronic Request Online Applications Resume Letters of Reference Personal Statement ** Might need to prepare stamped and addressed envelops with Resume, Personal Statement, for your Letter of Reference

10 Graduate Admission Tests What admissions test to take?  GRE: www.gre.orgwww.gre.org General Tests are offered all year round, Subject Tests only given three times a year (November, December, April)  GMAT: www.mba.comwww.mba.com Typically for Business related Graduate School  LSAT: www.lsat.orgwww.lsat.org Law School Entrance exam given 4 times a year: June, September, *December, February  MCAT: www.aamc.orgwww.aamc.org Must be taken for entry to any Medical School  DAT: www.ada.orgwww.ada.org  PCAT: www.pcatweb.infowww.pcatweb.info

11 Personal Statement Include the following answers in your Personal Statement Reason and desire to enter field Description of why you chose this specific Program Future Career Goals Qualifications for Admissions

12 Graduate School Resume  Concise and targeted  Limited to 1-2 pages  Targeted and can exclude information  Typically will not include personal activities  All inclusive document  May run to many pages  Progression of academic and professional achievements  Include all pertinent information on extracurricular activities Clarify if you will need to submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) ResumeCV Both should include Sections related to academic pursuits  Research  Publications  Presentations  Awards  Affiliations

13 Graduate Admissions Interview Follow standard practices for interviewing:  Dress professionally  Research the program and institution  Prepare in depth & insightful questions about the program  Be prepared to detail your career goals and why you are looking to further your education  Research the industry and academic field

14 Grad School Florida Tech Office of Graduate Admissions www.fit.edu/admission/graduate Master’s Degree in over 70 disciplines and Doctoral in over 20. Rolling Admission: SemesterDeadline Fall Spring Summer January 15 th July 1 st February 1 st Available Scholarships: www.fit.edu/financialaid/scholarships/ www.fit.edu/financialaid/scholarships/

15 Graduate School Life Relocation Teaching Assistant Research Assistant Passionate on subject matter Social Events: Department Life and involvement with Faculty

16 Financing Graduate School Assistantships Grants/Fellowships/Scholarships http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/ Employers Loans FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page www.finaid.org/finaid.html www.finaid.org/otheraid/grad.phtml Aid Comparison Calculators: www.princetonreview.com/grad/finance/acc/calc.asp

17 Career Services & Student Employment Part-time and full-time job postings – College Central Network Resume & cover letter critiques – Optimal Resume Internships & Co-op Federal Work-study Florida Work Experience Program Workshops Career Fair & Employer Day Mock interviews 321.674.8102 www.fit.edu/career Keuper Bldg Room 210www.fit.edu/career


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