With the end of the year approaching, many people turn their minds to life changes and new beginnings. Is graduate school in your future? Are you unsure of how to start the process, much less how to get into graduate school? Fortunately, U.S. News published a blog series entitled the “Graduate School Road Map”, with entries on what to do each month for a year before your applications are due.
It is about that time to begin researching programs, visiting schools, and preparing to put together the strongest application possible, and there is a huge amount of information to glean from these roadmaps. Some examples of the tips on how to apply for grad school successfully:
- 12 months before applying to grad school:
- Make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all
In our Q&A with Kaplan’s Jeff Rogers, find out how he unlocked the good life by parlaying his love of video games—along with his acquired knack for research—into a first-class grad school education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a rewarding career in faculty management and test-taking expertise.
Kaplan Test Prep (KTP): Tell us about yourself, Jeff. What do you currently do; where did you go to grad school; what advanced degree did you earn?
Jeff Rogers (JR): I’m a senior faculty manager at Kaplan, which means that my job is to help Kaplan teachers encourage students to achieve their admission goals and boost their grad school exams scores.
Like Tom Cruise said in Risky Business, “I deal in human fulfillment.” But I mean that in the most academically-minded way, with an unwavering focus on how students can achieve their full potential on the GRE.
The master’s degree … Read full post
Need to know how to get into grad school? Think about your entire application package. The personal statement is actually one of the biggest hurdles for a lot of people in the grad school application process, not least because they are not sure who to turn to for personal statement help. Today, we’ll address one of the most common mistakes prospective students make when writing their personal statement: answering the wrong question.
The Wrong Question: “Why I Want To Go To Grad School”
If you thought the grad school personal statement is actually a “Why I Want to Go to Grad School” essay, you are not alone. It ranks up there with … Read full post
Our 2014 survey of over 150 top graduate schools across the United States busts a myth that exists among some prospective students that the GRE doesn’t matter “that much” in the admissions process. In fact, the opposite is true. According to the survey, 41% of graduate schools say that a low GRE score is the biggest “application killer,” far outdistancing a low undergraduate GPA at 27%. Poor letters of recommendation is the biggest roadblock selected by 18% of graduate schools, while 8% say poorly written personal essays are. Only 6% say a lack of relevant work experience is the biggest application killer.
“What we sometimes hear from our students is that, while they know scoring well on the GRE is an important part of the admissions process, it’s not nearly as critical as other pieces of the application such as undergraduate transcripts, so our survey results may come as a … Read full post
By Ashley Lee on August 14, 2013
Some of you are wondering why any student would go to graduate school after already investing so much time and money in an undergraduate degree. There are various reasons. Some people need a grad degree for their career or profession. Others simply feel tremendous passion for a line of work—a genuine interest in learning so enormous that the thought of going beyond a four-year degree makes the heart flutter and the love of education soar just thinking about it. It does for me.
Sure, grad school means more paperwork, homework, and dollar bills, not to mention more things to add to your Ultimate Life Goals list (Check out this grad school application checklist). But if you know where your … Read full post
By Megan Weyrauch on September 5, 2013
We’ve all been known to hit the coffee while studying…
“I want a large Americano with two extra shots of espresso.”
I stare listlessly back at this customer, letting him know he just requested for his drink to contain twice the normal contained amount of espresso.
“Oh,” he adds, “better make it three extra shots then.”
As a barista, I encounter students from early morning until midnight who need some form of caffeine to help them get through just a few more hours of studying. I am not kidding when I say I have people order extra shots of espresso or larger sizes for that extra kick. The customer I described above wanted his large Americano to have … Read full post
By Megan Weyrauch on October 22, 2013
Where will you go after you earn your graduation cap?
Many students go to graduate school. What is the first year of grad school like? I spoke with two graduate students to get a picture of year one.
Brooke Felts is a second year graduate student. She was a political science major and history minor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Felts is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She said she has a research interest in reproductive healthcare policy.
Felts described Denison as a small, residential liberal arts college.
“It was common to have classes with ten or less students and get … Read full post
Maybe you’re doubting your career path and starting to think that going back to grad school can help you break into a new field. Or maybe you’re still earning your bachelor’s and wondering if a graduate degree is the natural next step. The decision to pursue your master’s or doctorate is a personal one that depends on your personal goals, motivations, financial situation, and timeline.
Why grad school?
There are always compelling reasons—personally and financially—to go to grad school, whether you’re thinking of earning a master’s or a doctorate. Here are some things you can look forward to as the holder of an advanced degree:
- Increased knowledge: When you are passionate about a particular topic or industry, your work life can be more fulfilling and rewarding. Expertise also leads to engagement.
- Employment stability: A Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that in 2013 the unemployment rate for people
With the baby boomers approaching their golden years and the Affordable Care Act now in full effect, the need for health professionals has never been greater. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physician assistant (PA) positions are expected to grow by 38% between 2012 and 2022, greatly outpacing the projected average growth of other health careers. This is great news for patients, who will have expanded access to primary care, but also for students seeking to enter a rewarding health profession without committing to the time and cost of medical school.
A physician assistant by any other name…
Don’t let the “assistant” in physician assistant fool you. PAs are not fetching coffee while doctors do the heavy lifting. These days, physician assistants can take a patient’s medical history, formulate a treatment plan, and even assist in surgery. Working under the supervision of doctors, … Read full post
What’s a good GRE score? What’s the average GRE score? What’s a great GRE score?
These are all important questions– and they are ones that we hear from students contemplating the GRE exam all the time. The crazy thing about the GRE, however, is that people considering all different kinds of advanced degrees have to take this test, so a simple chart with a dot on it for the average score isn’t enough information for you to figure out your GRE prep study plan: the definition of a “good score” can vary drastically from program to program. Long before you eyeball a test date and plan your application strategy around your official score release date, you need to dig into some GRE score research.