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Graduate School

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Considering graduate school? The Career Center can help you explore your options and help you make an informed decision:

  • Students within four months of taking graduate tests (GMAT, LSAT, GRE, & MCAT) may now sign out study guides through the Career Center.
  • Peterson's Guides to Graduate Programs and Graduate feature searches for two and four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, professional schools, technical schools, and searches for scholarships and financial aid.

Tips on Graduate School

  • Talk with current graduate students and faculty. They may be able to advise you on what problems and schools best meet your needs.
  • Take a practice test and review the results. Go to for a practice test. You will need to register for an account. Once you create an account, click on the college students tab to find graduate school test prep information.
  • Take the appropriate graduate test:
  • Send a letter of inquiry to the graduate schools that interest you.  
  • Write a Statement of Purpose, if required, and submit an application to the selected school. This is usually a 1-2 page essay describing your appropriateness as a candidate for the program. It should include your academic ability, work experience and proof of your interest in the chosen field of study.
  • Most universities will require 2-4 letters of recommendation from former professors who can attest to your ability to successfully complete their graduate program. Sometimes a previous employer or individual from the field you are entering may be also be a resource for a recommendation letter.
  • An official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework taken is usually required at the time of application.
  • Find out more about scholarships opportunities by contacting the financial aid office at the universities in which you are interested.

Whats Next

Participate in a graduate school mock interview by calling the Career Center at 563/333-6339.