At Career Design Center, we can help you make sure you’re on track for graduate school, find the right grad school program, put together your personal statement and application.
Research graduate programs carefully to choose the one that will best suit your needs and talents. Consider a variety of factors such as:
Talk with your professors, Career Design Consultant, Academic Advisers and alumni to help identify the graduate program and university/college that best suits you.
Planning ahead is key in the graduate/professional school application process.
Use this timeline and checklist to help guide you through the application process:
There is an additional planning process for those entering in the following schools:
Build a winning graduate school application? Possible.
Although every opportunity is different, there are some components of an application that are required for many different scholarships. Don't be surprised if you are asked to provide the following:
A letter of intent is a formal cover letter that's required for some graduate school applications. It's an overview of your goals in applying to graduate school. It provides some context for your application, like why you’d be a good fit.
Hint: A letter of intent is essentially a statement of purpose addressed in a formal letter format.
A statement of purpose and a personal statement have similar goals. Your statement should show you’re a good fit for the program and that you’ll be successful. Tell the story of who you are in a 2-3 double-spaced page essay that's free of grammatical errors. Explain why you’re a good applicant for the program and make them think, "I'd like to meet this person."
Most graduate schools require either a statement of purpose or a personal statement. Here’s the difference.
A Statement of Purpose is a more formal essay about what you want to do with your degree and showcases:
A Personal Statement is an essay that focuses on what’s motivating you to get this degree and highlights:
Reach out to the Center for Excellence in Writing for an appointment! They would love to help!
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