Graduate School Preparation

Attending graduate school is a major decision and big investment. Explore all of your options before choosing the school that is suited for you. It’s also important to realize the timeline that graduate school involves.

Beginning your graduate school search
These options should be considered one year before enrollment:

  • Define your professional goals and determine what you want to study
  • Research institutions and programs of interest
  • Request published materials from the schools to review requirements and deadlines
  • Research the required admission tests
  • Think about your financing options

Preparing application materials
These options should be considered 11 months before enrollment:

  • Read the application process to understand every part of the application
  • Finalize your list of schools to which you want to apply
  • Draft your statement of purpose and required essays
  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Take your admission exams
  • Request official transcripts
  • Complete an application form
  • Gather information on financial aid resources

Finalizing the writing components
These options should be done 10 months before enrollment:

  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Complete all application forms
  • Continue financial planning

Meet submission deadlines
These options should be done nine months before enrollment:

  • Submit your applications
  • Follow-up to confirm receipt of your applications
  • Prepare financial statements for individual school applications