Applying to Grad School:
Hints and Tips
Initial Issues to Consider
Do you want to spend YEARS getting
a Masters or Doctorate degree?
How interested are you in the field?
Graduate school requires massive
time, effort, money, and sacrifices –
are you ready?
Think before you apply.
Grad School Application
High GPA, check each school’s
GRE score in U.S. and some
Canadian schools, not in Europe.
Check each school for required score.
Letters of Reference (2 or 3).
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Reference
Do your professors know your
abilities? Establish a familiarity with
Can they write you good letters of
reference? Ask them.
Again, choose the profs that you are
most familiar with and vice versa.
Schools usually need 2 or 3 letters.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Basically an academic resume.
Format is personal choice, let a prof
proofread when complete.
• Presentations (class and conference)
• Research papers
• Other academic projects in your field
• Any other applicable experience
Statement of Purpose
What you want to do at a particular school.
Must be to the point; do not stray off topic!
Length differs with school; usually between 1.5 and 2
Include your areas of interest.
Why did you choose this particular school?
Should have as many Statements as schools applying for;
each will be tailored to a different school.
Include who you want to be your adviser(s) and why.
Include why the school should choose you from other
Written Sample of Work
Choose one that you feel represents
your best work.
If possible, double check with a prof
to get advise on a particular paper.
If possible, choose one that is
relevant to program being applied to.
Proofread, proofread, proofread!
Make sure paper is as perfect as
Other Important Tips
Contact department ahead of time:
• Graduate secretary
• Professors interested in working with
Know each schools deadlines
Know varying criteria for applying; read
between the lines.
After applying, contact department to see
if your file is complete.
Hope and wait!!!
I hope this is of some help in the
nerve racking time surrounding
applying to grad school.
If you have any questions I would be
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• Good Luck!