Preparing for Graduate School

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Once you have made the decision that graduate school is the right step for you, begin preparing early to increase your chances for acceptance. Listed below is a checklist to help guide you on your journey.

  • Research schools and programs of study.
  • Research financial aid (public & private sources). This should also include the schools you are considering.
  • If you are currently employed, check with your Employee Benefits department to see if they offer tuition assistance.
  • Talk to students and faculty at the schools you are interested in attending.
  • Check application deadline dates.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office at the school you want to attend (check deadlines, some are far in advance). Get Financial Aid Services forms (if needed).
  • Check Bulletin for Graduate test dates/application (and TOEFL-foreign language students).
  • Contact test preparation services, courses/dates.
  • Complete the Application and Financial Aid forms.
  • Include the application fee
  • Prepare a statement of financial resources (if necessary) or an affidavit of financial support if you are a foreign student.
  • Begin work on your essays.
  • Schedule an interview (if applicable).
  • Prepare a summary of work experience (if applicable).
  • Send for transcripts from your undergraduate institution.
  • Make calls to past and present employers, faculty and other people familiar with your skills and abilities for letters of reference or recommendation.

Our career counselors are ready to help and the FPU Career Development Center is an excellent place to begin collecting information.