Presentation on theme: "THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Applying to Graduate Schools Robin Audesse Assistant to the Provost & Scott G. Delcourt Associate Dean, UMaine Graduate School & Patty."— Presentation transcript:
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Applying to Graduate Schools Robin Audesse Assistant to the Provost & Scott G. Delcourt Associate Dean, UMaine Graduate School & Patty Counihan Director, Career Center
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Graduate education is not simply more advanced undergraduate study: research- or professionally-focused classes are often small, discussion-oriented higher quality of interaction with faculty
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Graduate admissions process is different than undergraduate admissions: The Club decentralized faculty-centered emphasis on student fit in program
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Graduate programs may vary in: admission requirements time to complete curricular structure availability of financial aid job prospects
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Consider: school/program size faculty academic interests location cost financial aid availability program requirements average time-to-degree
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Sources/types of financial support more varied in graduate education. Graduate study is often free!
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Types of financial aid opportunities: teaching assistantships research assistantships administrative assistantships fellowships traineeships need-based federal aid
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Information gathering: On-line Information Graduate Admissions Offices Professional Conferences Career Center Graduate Fairs
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Consult with Graduate Admissions Offices and Check Program Websites
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression….
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Start application process early. Some graduate schools have earlier application deadlines, especially for financial aid decisions. Applications take time to complete.
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Schedule required exams: GRE - General and Subject tests GMAT MAT TOEFL Prepare adequately, but keep in mind that exam scores alone won’t usually guarantee admission.
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Request letters and college transcripts well in advance of application deadlines… ( Faculty and registrars’ offices get very busy December-February.)
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Your recommendation letters and statement of purpose say the most about “who you are”.
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Important strategy: Distinguish yourself with decision-makers! make personal contact with faculty correspond often visit school
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Arrange a school visit if you can: - required by some Graduate Schools or individual programs. - can increase chances of being admitted and/or receiving financial aid. - many schools help pay for the visit. - opportunity to talk to students