There are several major components in the application process:
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Most graduate programs require that you take a standardized test as part of the application process. Departmental requirements vary by institution so be sure to clarify what is required by each. There are several tests used in graduate school admissions such as:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (offered through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education)
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The personal statement is your opportunity to express your commitment to the field, academic preparation and to articulate what you have to offer the program. Have your statement reviewed by the Reading and Writing Center.
Requests for official transcripts can be made at the Registrar in Parenzo Hall, Room 107.
Letters of Recommendation
Most graduate programs require letters of recommendation. Faculty often serve as references as they can attest to your ability to perform in the classroom.
Be sure to provide your recommender with:
- The deadlines for application
- Instructions for submitting
- Stamped and addressed envelopes
- A copy of your resume and unofficial transcript
- List of courses you took with the professor (if the recommender is a professor)
- Any special projects you have done with the recommender
- Conferences you have presented at or attended
- Information about your internships
Also, maintain contact to discuss how the process is going and to ensure that the recommendation was submitted. It is always a nice gesture to send your recommenders a thank you note for their time.
Your GPA will also play a strong role in your consideration. If you need to explain a situation or problem that impacted your grades (i.e. loss of family member, working full-time, etc.), feel free to do so in your personal statement. Keep your explanation brief as the main focus of your personal statement should address the topic that was posed. Some programs will also ask for samples of your work or a portfolio.