Many graduate programs review applications on a rolling basis, so it is in your best interest to apply early. Each field will vary in the specific timeline and process—schedule a meeting with a Career Services advisor to fine-tune your application plan.
- Gather information about potential schools in order to narrow down your application list. Talk to your advisors - they can offer special insight about faculty and admission standards.
- Take the required entrance exams and have scores sent to the appropriate institutions.
- Create a system by which to track your progress and the application requirements.
- Write your personal statement.
- Request letters of recommendation.
- Order transcripts. Ask if the Registrar’s Office can send a transcript with your fall semester grades in time to meet the deadlines of programs to which you are applying.
- Complete the application forms. Be sure to include your application fee.
- Explore funding options, including fellowships, assistantships and financial aid.
- Some schools require an interview. Treat it like a job interview, and dress appropriately, know enough about the school to ask intelligent questions and know your goals. You may arrange for a practice interview through Career Services.
- If possible, visit the school. Look at the facilities and setting, talk to students in the department and interview with graduate advisors. There is no substitute for visiting schools when you are narrowing down your choices.
- Weigh your options carefully and choose your program. Be sure to let those who helped you—faculty, advisors, recommenders, Career Services advisors, know where you are headed next.