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  1. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Grad School Michael D. Penwell Career Advisor Original presentation created by Geralyn Mitchell, Lycoming College Career Services Office

  2. Masters/Doctorate • Masters: • 1-2 Years of study post baccalaureate • Professional Degree (more class/less research) • Doctorate: • 4-7 Years of Study post Masters • Research Degree (more research/less class)

  3. Why Should I Go? • Increased Salary • Improve your marketable skills • Commitment to field • More Flexibility in career • Requirement for some fields.

  4. When Should I Go?

  5. Making the Decision Research desired field • Talk to experts in your field • Professional Associations • CDC • Request Information from Grad Schools • US News and World Reports • Job shadow for a day • Find schools with a degree in that field • www.gradschools.com • www.petersons.com • www.gradprofiles.com

  6. Making the Decision Evaluating the different schools and programs • Consider faculty quality, including research interests • Courses, emphasis related to interests • Prestige of institution • Costs, financial aid, work opportunities, graduate assistantships • Geography • Experiential learning opportunities • Placement/employment rates

  7. What to Consider • Where you want to live after graduation • If you can survive on little money • Do you enjoy independent work? • Do you have a strong interest in a specific area? • Are you willing to commit 1-2 years for a Master degree or 4-7+ for a Doctorate

  8. Admissions What are the schools’ admissions criteria? • Undergraduate GPA • Major, minor, coursework • Admission test scores • Practice Testing, TBA, Lycoming offers this in spring semester • Letters of recommendation • Evidence of genuine interest • Relevant work or research experience • Interview • Essays • Personal Statement

  9. Graduate Admissions Tests MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test LSAT: Law School Admissions Test GRE: Graduate Record Exam • General • Subject GMAT: Graduate Management Admissions Test

  10. Financial Aid • Assistantships • Teaching, office, research • Fellowships • FASFA forms • Scholarships • Employer Reimbursements • Student Loans • Part Time Jobs

  11. GraduateSchoolTime Line 18 Months Prior • Research Schools and Programs of interest • Investigate Financial Aid/Scholarships • Prepare and register for graduate entrance exams 15 Months Prior • Take required entrance exams • Obtain application materials • Note application deadlines and admissions policies

  12. Graduate School Timeline 1 Year Prior • Obtain letters of recommendation. Write Thank you notes to each person who writes a letter for you. • Mail completed applications • (Re) Take graduate entrance exams if you haven’t already. 6 Months Prior • Check with schools prior to deadline to be sure that your application was received and that it is complete. • Apply for financial aid/scholarships • Send deposit to your school of choice • Contact those who wrote you letter of recommendations to inform them of your progress and choice • Notify other schools that accepted you of your choice