A suggested timeline
- Decide if graduate/professional school
- Determine why you would consider grad
- What types of programs would interest
- Start to explore possible programs of
- Talk to faculty and advisors to get their
input and ideas.
- Find out how one usually applies
- Directly to the program?
- Through a centralized application
- A combination of both?
- What admission examination is required.
- Start your search for possible programs
- Write for information about programs you
- Start investigating how to finance your
- Consider taking the admission exam now.
- If a centralized application service is
used, find out how it works.
- Reduce your list of possible programs
to a manageable number.
- If possible, visit some of the programs.
- Decide to which programs you will apply.
- Get application materials from those universities/programs.
- Review application materials so you know
what is expected.
- If using a centralized application service
get those materials (application may be due October 1).
- Take admissions examination if you haven't
- Complete financial assistance application
forms if due.
- Start working on your personal statement
and resume (or vita).
- Identify those who you will ask to complete
recommendations and meet with them.
- Submit application materials if due or
- Complete applications and submit them
to the appropriate office.
- Have recommendations completed and submitted
- Have your official transcript sent.
- Complete applications for all forms of
- If required or desired, arrange for interviews.
- Wait to hear.
- When you receive responses, if admitted
to more than one program decide which you plan to attend and
- Write to the other programs, thanking
them for the offer and notifying them that you have made other
- If you receive more than one acceptance
and cannot decide because you have yet to work out funding, it
is okay to contact both to find out when you will hear about
- Have your final transcript sent when your
degree is posted.