Graduate school: Is it costly? Is it competitive? Consider this: Grad school is an opportunity to examine a field of your choice with more specificity and direction. It arms students with the tools needed to infiltrate the industry of their choice. However, factors like cost and vocational inexperience cause some to think twice about pursuing an advance degree program immediately after undergraduate education. Preparation for grad school is required at all stages from your first year of college to your first year out of college.
Whether you are hesistant about the application process or uncertain about what program to pursue, this site will guide you towards making an informed decision.
A complete graduate school application usually consists of:
Most programs will not review your application until all parts of it are submitted. So, start preparing the application components early and send them in as soon as possible (see the Graduate School Timeline for more information).
To request your official Texas Wesleyan University transcript, contact the Office of the Registrar. For transcripts from other institutions, contact their Registrars.
Graduate and professional school often require some soft of written statement as a part of the application. The terminology differs, but may include "statement of purpose", "personal statement", "letter of intent", "personal narrative", etc. Some statements require specific information-for example, the applicant's intended area of study within a graduate field. Others suggest subjects which should be addressed specifically. Still others are quite unstructured, leaving the applicant free to address a wide range of matters. Some applications call for one statement, while other require responses to a series of six or more questions, ranging from 250 to 750 words each. The importance of the statement varies from school to school and from field to field.
One of the initial steps in applying to a graduate or professional school is to research application deadlines so that you can develop a timeline of when to submit test scores, letters of recommendation, personal essays, etc. Below is a timeline to help you in planning your application process:
Senior Year - Fall Semester
Senior Year - Spring Semester
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