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Application Time-Table For Graduates

If people are thinking about going to graduate school, they should begin planning at least 15 months before the program starts. Graduate school provides for specialized study in an academic discipline. The two common degrees offered are the Masters of Arts/Masters of Science (MA/MS). The MA/MS is normally a 2-3 year program, which includes coursework and either a comprehensive examination, thesis, or practical experience.

Most graduate school applications require the following:

Application online or hard copy
Personal statement (statement of purpose)
Letters of recommendation - normally three are required
Transcripts required for all schools attended after high school
Test scores GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, etc.
Resume or CV for some programs
Portfolio for art programs like journalism, film, etc.
Financial aid forms

Majority of application deadlines fall between December and February of the preceding year (professional programs such as medical and law school have earlier dates). Here is a typical application time-table recommended for students applying to graduate school:

Summer

Note: If students are applying to schools with Early Action or Decision Plans, they need to ensure that their applications are completed and sent.

August-September

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June