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Is graduate school in your future?

Is graduate or professional school in your future plans? Certainly if an advanced degree is required for entry into a particular field—such as law, physical therapy or the ministry—then graduate school is essential. For other students, the question becomes a little more complicated.

The staff of the Career Development Center will help you with the entire process, from contemplating graduate school to funding your graduate program. Stop by and see us, wherever you are in the process.

Applying to graduate school is a major life decision. Individuals who choose to attend graduate school do so for a variety of reasons. Before you apply, be sure your decision has been well thought out. The following issues are worth considering:

  1. Reading: Examine professional journals and publications. They will provide you with important insight about your field. Know that graduate studies require extensive amounts of independent reading.

  2. Writing: A major part of graduate work involves writing. You will be expected to write as much—more likely more—than you did in college (depending on your major). Often the final project is a thesis or some extensive work on a particular subject.

  3. Statistics: Most graduate programs require a statistics course. You may want to take statistics as an undergraduate or during the summer to prepare yourself for this course, especially if you have not taken a mathematics course recently.

  4. Presentations: You will be expected to deliver presentations in graduate school. If you are awarded a teaching assistantship, you may be teaching undergraduate classes. To prepare for this, practice speaking to groups as often as you can. Student organizations often provide good speaking opportunities.

  5. Research: Library research skills are a vital component of graduate study. Be prepared for extensive research even if you are not doing dissertation work. If you are awarded a research assistantship, you will have research for your professor as well as your own to complete.

  6. Organizational skills: Graduate school will require you to juggle a variety of assignments and activities. You may also be involved as a teaching or research assistant. The better the organizational skills you have, the easier it will be to manage several demanding responsibilities.

  7. Motivation: You need to want to be in a particular program. Don’t jump into a graduate program too quickly. Examine all of your options carefully.

  8. Timing: Consider whether you need some time away from school to consider your options. Time away from an academic environment can be valuable, and graduate schools look favorably on applicants who make a conscious decision to gain experience and then return to school.

  9. Qualifications: Choose a program most appropriate to your academic level and experience. Before applying to a program, assess the qualities you have with those of the department.

  10. Economics: Graduate school can be very expensive. Explore all options through the graduate school you plan to attend, in addition to seeking information about grants, fellowships and scholarships for graduate study.

Attend a VIRTUAL Grad School Fair

EssayEdge

Detailed Instruction to Write a Graduate School Personal Statement 

 

USA Today College Article

10 Tips for Writing a Grad School Personal Statement

 

StatementofPurpose.com

Free website to help with personal statements

 

Online Resources

Petersons online and Gradschools.com offer information on researching graduate schools as well as assistance and tools to help through the process.

The Princeton Review is another great site to help you search for programs or help prep for admission tests.

Interested in Public Health graduate programs?  Check out PublicHealth.org.

GraduateGuide offers a directory of Graduate Schools in the United States and Canada

The Center for Online Education offers information about online data science degrees.

Browse the USA Today College Guide 2017 book online:  

 

 

Comprehensive site through NWC library

Learning Express

 

Other sites:

GMAT

  • Go Grad is the complete exam prep center for graduate school admission success. Find resources to aid you in: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and TOEFL.
  • GMAC.com is the official website of the Graduate Management Admissions Council—the people behind the GMAT.
  • Mometrix Academy is a free public service of Mometrix, The World’s Most Comprehensive Test Preparation Company™. Each year, Mometrix helps tens of thousands of clients maximize their test scores with our innovative products that cover over one thousand different standardized tests.

GRE

  • GRE Study Guide Review will provide your information about the the wide variety of preparation and study guides.
  • GRE.org is the home site of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test.
  • Use MyGRETutor to connect to practice questions and to become familiar with the format of the exam. Or, use our tutorials to brush up on the topics that often appear on the GRE revised test. We also offer several study plans to help guide you and increase your score.
  • Mometrix Academy is a free public service of Mometrix, The World’s Most Comprehensive Test Preparation Company™. Each year, Mometrix helps tens of thousands of clients maximize their test scores with our innovative products that cover over one thousand different standardized tests
  • How to Study for the GRE - Example questions, resources and study hacks!

LSAT

  • The Law School Admissions Council is the place to start if you’re interested in law school and planning on taking the LSAT.
  • Mometrix Academy is a free public service of Mometrix, The World’s Most Comprehensive Test Preparation Company™. Each year, Mometrix helps tens of thousands of clients maximize their test scores with our innovative products that cover over one thousand different standardized tests.

PRAXIS

  • The Educational Testing Service, or ETS, has comprehensive information about the Praxis Series—professional assessments for beginning teachers used for entry into teacher education programs and for licensing decisions.
  • Mometrix Academy is a free public service of Mometrix, The World’s Most Comprehensive Test Preparation Company™. Each year, Mometrix helps tens of thousands of clients maximize their test scores with our innovative products that cover over one thousand different standardized tests.

TOEFL

  • ETS provides information on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), including practice questions and online registration for tests.

OTHER

Dare to Compare
Comparison Sheet (.pdf, 69K)
Use this comparison sheet to document information about a graduate program. Complete a sheet for each program so you can make an accurate comparison.
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Christian Grads Fellowship

The Christian grads fellowship is a network of Christian graduate community groups.  We assemble on university campuses to support one another and impact the academy as thoughtful and informed followers of Christ.