Graduate School Resources

Gradschools.com - Find details about schools and programs that you may be considering.

Peterson's Education Center - Graduate school information, test preparation, and scholarship/financial aid information.

Graduate Guide - Graduate school information, test preparation, and scholarship/financial aid information.

Princeton Review - Graduate school information and assistance with test preparation - including tutoring.

Online Master's Programs - Information on online graduate programs.

Research

Ask your professors.
They will be knowledgeable about the programs that are in your field and that may be right for you.

Visit the Student Success Center on the 2nd Floor of the Library.

Talk to people in your field of interest, as they may have been through graduate programs themselves. Check with our Alumni Office for potential contacts.

Visit graduate schools directly. If you find a program or two that look interesting, go for a campus visit. Talk with program coordinator about the program requirements, costs, fellowship opportunities, etc.

Once you have done your research, you can then begin narrowing down your list. When trying to choose programs, consider the focus of the program, course/thesis requirements, opportunities for practical experience, prestige of institution, size of program, faculty, and the future prospects for graduates. Since competition for admission to graduate school is often intense, you may want to include alternative choices to help ensure your admission.

Application Requirements for Graduate Schools

Application requirements differ substantially among institutions and programs, so read each school’s material closely to make sure you file the application completely.

Admissions tests are generally required for most graduate schools. Make sure that you take the test early enough to meet the admissions application deadline.


Some admissions tests include:

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) - Arts & Sciences
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) - Business
LSAT (Law School Admission Test) - Law
MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) - Medical


Kaplan Test Prep - Exam materials and courses designed to help you improve your entrance exam scores.
Gold-Standard MCAT-Prep.com- provides MCAT prep resources including free practice tests!
Crushing the GRE
GMAT Guide
Preparing for the LSAT


Official transcripts of your undergraduate work (from all schools attended) must also be sent to schools to which you are applying.

Letters of recommendation are usually required for admission. Try to get professors or employers who know you well, and who have a high regard for your work. Give your references plenty of notice, so that they will have time to do a thorough job on your recommendation. After you receive a letter of recommendation, be sure to send a thank you note. If you are considering any sort of professional school in the Health Professions area, please remember that you must go through the Health Professions Advisory Committee to obtain your letters of recommendation.

An essay may also be required, so that they can get a better idea of your writing skills. These essays may include topics such as goals, philosophy, accomplishments, etc. This is an important and time-consuming aspect of the application, because it is your opportunity to present yourself beyond the rest of the applicants. Be meticulous about spelling, grammar, and writing style. For helpful information, please review the following websites: Accepted, Peterson's, and Quintessential Careers.

 

Career Development

Contact

Student Success Center
Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library
2nd Floor
P 865-471-3567
E studentsuccess@cn.edu