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