The decision to attend graduate school requires serious consideration. Graduate school can be very rewarding, yet also very demanding. Before you invest the time, money, and energy into your graduate work, clearly think through your motivations for pursuing advanced study. A good place to start is meeting with your adviser to discuss your interest in graduate school. Additionally, evaluate your goals by answering the questionnaire, Am I Ready For Graduate School?
Planning for graduate school? Well, start early!
Deadlines and requirements can vary greatly by school, start early and make note of all deadlines. It is important to consider if you want to attend graduate school directly after receiving your bachelor's degree or if it would be more beneficial to get some work experience before applying.
- Begin by exploring graduate programs that interest you. Pay special attention to their requirements for entry and all deadlines.
- Take required admission tests
- Request letters of recommendation and transcripts, well in an advance of due dates
- Work on your essay or personal statement
Keep in mind; many graduate programs require an interview, resume or CV as part of the consideration process for acceptance. Consult the Institute of Career Development and Graduate School Planning for assistance with your resume, CV or mock interviews.
Graduate School Information
The following web sites can answer specific questions about graduate programs:
- Graduate School Tips - Helpful hints on choosing a college, applying, interviewing, financing your study, and more
- Gradview.com - Detail financial aid information, scholarships, test preparation, careers, and graduate programs.
- GraduateGuide.com - Learn detailed information about grad schools, financial aid, and loans
- The Princeton Review - Find graduate schools and get information on graduate exams, scholarships and financial aid, and more.
- Peterson's Online
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) - The GMAT is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The GMAT measures: your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content of your undergraduate course work, and your abilities in any other specific subject area.
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) - The GRE is a multiple choice admission test consisting of three scored sections: Two essays, analysis of an argument and analysis of an issue. A math section involving problem-solving and quantitative comparison; A verbal section involving sentence completions, antonyms, analogies, and reading comprehension.
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test) - The MAT uses analogies to identify candidates who are logical thinkers. It is a high-level mental ability test requiring solution of problems stated in analogies.
- LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) - This LSAT is designed to assess your potential success in a law school curriculum. It consists of: analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and a writing section. http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) - The MCAT is a standardized, multiple choice examination designed to assess problem-solving, critical thinking and writing skills in addition to your knowledge of science and principles requisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in each of the following areas: verbal reasoning, physical sciences, writing sample, and biological science.
- PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) - a standardized test administered to prospective pharmacy school students. The test is divided into seven sections, including: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension and two Writing sections
Thomas More College currently offers two Graduate Degrees. An MBA, Masters of Business Administration, is available through TAP, Thomas More's Accelerated Degree Program. An MAT, Masters of Art in Teaching, is also available.