Applying to Grad School
So you're considering graduate school. Good for you!
Many Broncos continue their education with a second degree. But grad school isn't for everyone. Make sure to fully evaluate if this investment would be a helpful step in your career.
Here are some things to consider and resources to help you continue your education:
Is graduate school the right move for you? Check out this list of questions to ask yourself for a bit of guidance.
Where to begin? Find some great schools and programs through these sites.
What should you consider before choosing a program? Review these questions to feel more confident about your decision
So you’re invested in going to grad school. Learn about the other common requirements in addition to your application.
- SCU Transcripts
Refer to the admissions requirements of specific schools to find out the following:
- What test is required?
- What score do I have to get?
- When does my score have to be received by the school(s) to which I’m applying?
Personal StatementCommunicate who you are and your interest in the field through stories and examples.
- Why are you interested in this field? Is there a specific event in your studies or in your personal life that sparked your interest?
- Why are you qualified? What courses, internships, jobs, or other experiences prove that you have the skills needed for this field?- Why this graduate school? Mention professors or aspects of the program that appeal to you.
- What are your future career goals? Link the program specifics to your goals.
Some applications call for a 1-2 page statement, while others require responses to a series of questions. Schools will usually want to know some variation of the questions above. Do not write one statement and submit it to everyone.
Humanities/Social Sciences Sample
Law School Sample
Medical School Sample
Letters of Recommendation
- Faculty with expertise relevant to your graduate program
- Ask your potential recommenders if they feel they know you well enough to write a letter
- Give them at least 3-4 weeks to write a letter
- Ask if they would also be willing to write a 3-4 sentence recommendation for your LinkedIn profile
- Provide your recommender with your resume and personal statement
- Meet to discuss the program requirements, your achievements and qualifications, and suggestions for what each recommender might emphasize
This could be the right move, but how do I pay for it? Here are some resources.
This decision and/or process would be stressful for anyone. Meet with your Alumni Career Counselor for additional help.