A graduate school degree allows you to advance your knowledge and scholarship in a particular discipline. Included below are important steps to take should you consider graduate school in your post-college plans.
1. Meet with an Adviser
If you’re interested in obtaining a master’s or doctoral degree, contact the OPCD by dropping by Room 230, Reynolda Hall or scheduling an appointment through Handshake to discuss your graduate school goals. A career coach in the OPCD will be happy to start a discussion about graduate degrees and applying to programs. If the degree you are interested in is related to a specific major, you should also contact the appropriate departmental adviser. A member of the faculty will be happy to help you with your graduate plans. And if you are interested in a degree not tied to a specific major, please start your discussion in the OPCD.
2. Find a Program
Begin your graduate school search with research on various graduate degrees, programs and schools. To start this research check out Petersons.com to learn about different schools and their admissions processes or use one of the many graduate school research resources available to you through our office.
3. Research Application Timelines
Click here for the graduate school application timelines.
4. Prepare for Admission Exams
Once you determine where you’d like to apply, determine the admissions requirements for each program. Many programs will require that you complete various academic coursework and/or that you take an admissions exam like the GRE.
5. Personal Statements and Interview Prep
The personal statement is a very important part of your application for graduate school. A student may think the content would be similar to that of the undergraduate admissions statement, but in fact it is quite different. Here you will find a set of suggestions for how to write a personal statement for maximum impact.
Throughout your graduate school research and applications feel free to schedule an appointment with the pre-graduate adviser to discuss your graduate school options. The OPCD career coaches can assist you with resume and cover letter reviews. We also review personal statements and essays for graduate school and can help you prepare for your interview with a graduate school mock interview. Don’t miss out on all of the resources our office has to offer and the many ways we can help you as you explore graduate school programs and the career possibilities that come with an advanced degree.
6. Paying for Graduate School.
Interested in pursuing a graduate degree? Can you afford to attend? CashCourse offers students resources to discover how to pay tuition, and compare costs and loan options.
Before proceeding to the following financial resources, please create a free account on Cash Course using your WFU email address. Read about financial assistance and other ways to pay for graduate school. Determine the annual net cost for school and calculate how much your loan payment will be after graduating.
Watch a video about finding extra money for school.
Another important factor to consider when making your decision is student loan repayment. Be knowledgeable and understand your options. Click here to learn more about repaying student loans after graduation and starting your career.