Finding a graduate school can be a complicated process. While graduate school ratings are important, it is just as important to find one the fits with your values and philosophical approach to law, counseling, business, etc. These guides can help you look through schools. We also strongly recommend you take advantage of the personal access you have to our University of Providence professors. Here at UP, you can work to find ideas and tap into your professor’s expertise to help answer key questions in your search for the best graduate school for you. In general, it is recommended that you apply to at least five.
Paying for Graduate School
Often, graduate schools offer a stipend for candidates to teach or do additional research. You might also check with some of the resources below for ideas for paying for graduate school.
- If you are also looking for funding, keep in mind that the primary source of financial support is the graduate institution itself. For additional resources, see if you can find anything relevant to you using the Graduate and Post-doctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) database, housed at UCLA.
- Grants: Grants can be an alternative tool, with the help from the Federal government, State government, college or career school, and possibly a private or nonprofit organization. Almost all grants need an application, and our Grant writing Resources will help you in the process:
- Fellowships: Fellowships are very helpful to graduate and post-graduate students. We have listed some sources that may be helpful:
Getting into Graduate School
- Passing your graduate exam: Graduates schools often require students to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition to the general test, subject tests are offered in: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology. If you are likely to need to take one of these, please note that subject tests are offered on a limited schedule and can only be taken in September, October, and April. Plan accordingly!
- Professional Recommendations: Often, groups of faculty and staff will join together to write a strong recommendation for medical school. Professors and/or staff may be enlisted to give you a professional recommendation. This is another place that University of Providence will really help. Because of our great faculty knowledge in their field of expertise and their personal connection with students, they can write graduate school recommendations with strong knowledge and student connection.
- Creating a CV: See University of Providence Resume Writing section.
- Writing a Winning Personal Statements: Personal statements—also called “application essays” or “statements of purpose”—are essays that explain why you are seeking to attend graduate school. There is no formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused. The following sites can help guide you: