Geneseo students are highly motivated and often decide, either upon graduation or after several years, to pursue an advanced degree. Graduate school involves a significant commitment of time, money and energy; depending on the advanced degree, sometimes even more commitment than undergraduate study. Graduate school may prepare you for a profession such as law, medicine, social work, or academia, or it can simply deepen your knowledge of a particular field. However, it should never be entered into as a way to avoid or delay a job search. “Don’t go until you know” is a sensible mantra for those on the fence about pursuing an advanced degree.
Use these graduate school resources for more information on how to select a program, the application process and how to finance your decision. Graduate School Guide | Tips for Transitioning to Graduate School
Make note of application requirements and deadlines
Take appropriate standardized tests
Research financial aid, scholarships, assistantships, etc.
Request letters of recommendation from professors and supervisors
Attend graduate school fairs & open houses
Finalize documents: resume, personal statement, admissions essays
Complete and submit applications before deadline
Prepare for an interview by scheduling a mock interview with Career Development
Many students withdraw from graduate programs because they dislike the concentrated academic work and realize they had not clearly defined their career goals. Ask yourself the following questions to help assess your needs, interests, values and goals.
- What are my short-range and long-range career goals?
- Do my professional plans require further education?
- Am I mentally and physically prepared to undertake another long-term academic commitment?
- Would I benefit more by gaining some practical experience before pursuing graduate studies?
- Can I realistically invest the time and money required pursuing another academic degree?
The Three Best Ways to Stand Out
1. Contact the professors
- Ask for a clarification of the program offerings
- Comment on a recent publication
2. Visit the department
- Make your own appointments with professors
- Send a thank you note later!
3. Submit an outstanding work sample
- Your best paper, lab, article, or writing sample
- Make sure the sample is directly related
4. Get a professor to review the work sample first!