“The past decade has seen a 33% jump in US graduate school enrollment and an 80% surge in tuition and fees. Combined with a relatively weak job market, about 1/3 of people with masters are now making less money than a typical bachelor’s degree holder.” Jonathan Kaufman firstname.lastname@example.orgDec12/07/2011
WORK FIRST? Recharge your batteries Develop confidence Investigate a field
How to Clarify My Decision To Go To Grad School? Related work experience in your field. Practical experience- internships, undergraduate research and volunteering. Experience will enhance your application making you a more viable, competitive candidate.
CHOOSING A SCHOOL Will prestige help? Does Department emphasize what you want? Investigate: attrition rate, average time to completion, your teaching requirements, language requirements, placement rates
Do You Know What Program? If you know the field you are going into and if an advanced degree is required for entry then grad school makes perfect sense
If you still have Questions For most it is not clear cut. If you are not sure of your career goals –Don’t go until you are.
Choosing the RIGHT Program Academic Vs. Professional Academic focus on original research Professional focus on practical applications Masters Vs. Doctorates Masters= take 1-3 years to earn Doctorates= can take up to 8 years! For many fields the Masters may be sufficient. For others the doctorate is necessary (Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor…etc)
How to Find the Right School Look at Directories for Grad Schools Visit the schools, meet with faculty or other grad students Evaluate Quality of the faculty Prestige of the school Cost and housing Job Opportunities
Read the catalog Consult with faculty Talk with alumni Visit Speak to current students
Consider Financial Aid Complete financial aid applications EARLY Other outside sources Often very early deadlines Necessary to take graduate admission tests and to obtain letters of recommendation the year prior FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid (available online) Some schools also want you to complete the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile
Undergraduate GPA in major Recommendation from known faculty Undergraduate GPA in Jr./Sr. year GRE--Verbal Related major Overall GPA Education/career aspiration
ADMISSION CRITERIA CONTINUED Applicant known Other academic achievements Quality of undergraduate institution Personal Statement Interview Work experience
THEN CONSIDER The number of applications & the mix of graduate schools
MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES Research the Department Cultivate references Choose less competitive fields Look for up and coming schools Use personal contacts Write strong Start early
Requirements- Graduate Assessment Test Plan to take 1 year ahead of time Examples: GRE (Graduate Record Exams) LSATS (Law School Admissions Test) GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) MCAT (Medical College Administrations Test)
Official Transcripts Application Essay About your accomplishments & Interests to the study Use enthusiasm, creativity and uniqueness Get it critiqued before turning in with application 2-3 Letters of Recommendation Give your recommenders the correct forms with stamped and addressed envelops or website Provide support info.
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