Before You Apply

Graduate school requires a huge investment of time and money which means you want to be sure you are making informed decisions before you apply to graduate school. You may first want to determine if graduate school is in-fact right for you, then you may want to ensure that you are choosing a field of study that suits your personality, and your academic and professional goals. Next you can determine how you want to study (online or on campus) and where you want to study (geographic location). Once you have all of that information straightened out you can start to prepare for your standardized test (GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT). Your standardized test scores may help you determine which programs you will be eligible to apply to. The work of a graduate student never ends, and it starts when you decide that you want to earn your graduate degree.

Choosing a Graduate Program

Find out how to choose which graduate programs to apply to. Learn about the importance of accreditation status, faculty research interests, degree level, and program formats. Read articles that provide helpful tips for conducting in-depth research into graduate programs. Explore opportunities offered by different types of programs and determine which features are most important to you. Learn what it takes to be a graduate student and learn how to make the transition into graduate school as seamless as possible. Find out how to establish an application timeline to keep you on track and help ensure your all the elements of your application are completed and submitted on time.

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Choosing How to Study (Program Formats)

Online master’s degree programs are becoming more common and popular among working professionals and busy students. Technological advances are continuously enhancing the quality of these programs. Many online master’s degree programs have become as accredited and reputable as their traditional on campus counter-parts. But; is earning your degree online the right choice for you? These articles discuss the general format of online courses, and highlight some elements of online learning interested students should be aware of before applying to these programs. Do you have the self-discipline to manage the rigors of an online course; or would a campus based program better suit your learning style and educational needs?

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Choosing What to Study

Personality assessments are useful tools for individuals who are considering earning a graduate degree to facilitate a career change. Perhaps you have the general idea of the direction you think you want to go, but are unsure if the work requirements and environment are a good fit for you. Perhaps your vision of a career in a specific industry does not reflect the reality. Maybe, what you think you want is not actually the best fit for your personality. Even for those students who feel they have a clear vision of their future can benefit from taking a personality assessment, it may uncover interests or facets of their personality they may not have been aware of, or confirm their career plan does in-fact match their interests and preferences. A personality assessment can open new doors or confirm choices you have made, the results are always interesting, and can provide great insight that may help you make decisions now and in the future.

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Choosing Where to Study

There are so many great graduate programs available in the United States! If you have decided to enroll in a traditional campus based program and are thinking of relocating to earn your graduate degree these articles can help inform you about different regions in the United States. Once you decide where you want to study you can focus your search for programs in that region. As you determine where you would like to earn your graduate degree it may be useful to explore the job market for positions in you field within that region in case you decide you want to continue to live there after graduation.

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Graduate School Testing

If you’re considering graduate school you’ve probably that accepted you will have to take some sort of standardized test. Even though this is only one element of your application, your standardized test scores have the potential to have a huge impact on the likelihood of your being accepted into a graduate program. The GRE is the common assessment for individuals hoping to pursue a graduate degree in humanities, social, physical, and biological sciences, the GMAT is a common requirement of those who wish to pursue a business degree, the LSAT is used to assess applicants to law school, and the MCAT is a common requirement for applicants to medical schools. There are other tests admissions committees use to help them assess the abilities of their applicants including GRE subject tests, and the TOFEL. Read these articles to learn more about the standardized testing requirements in your field of interest, and discover tools and tips that may help your performance on test day.

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