Graduate School...How Do I Prepare For It?
Tennessee State University Career Development Center
The decision to pursue a graduate degree should not be taken lightly. During your undergraduate education (career) you have the opportunity to explore a variety of areas. Graduate school requires you to focus on a specific area. The research and application process will include determining your financial need, selecting programs that are closely tailored to your goals, and engaging in activities (academic and professional) that will enhance your marketability. The best advice - START EARLY!
Use the acronym G.R.A.D. to help you identify where you are in your graduate school preparation and where you need to go.
Identify what schools offer programs in your area of interest or study
Identify financial assistance
esearch graduate and professional school programs
Find out about the professors, their reputation and research
Investigate campus resources/student services
(i.e. facilities,technology,library and journals published by the university)
Financial Options (Money for school)
Evaluate class offerings and availability
dd to your skill sets:
Gain valuable experience through summer research, co-op, and internship opportunities.
Identify the admission requirements and deadlines for each school. Begin preparing TODAY!!!
Regardless of discipline, virtually all graduate school applications request the same basic components, such as:
Entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, DAT, MCAT)
Personal statement or admission
Picture yourself there! Visit the school! Upcoming graduate school visitation opportunities!!!
If you would like an appointment with a Career Development Counselor to discuss graduate school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Development Center