- How do I prepare?
A strong GPA in a major, that requires rigor in critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, is great preparation for graduate school. It can lead to scholarships and assistantships to help you through the program financially. Secondly, letters of recommendation from faculty members that know your academic strengths and personal traits are a requirement for graduate school applications. Develop relationships with them now. This takes time.
Be fully engaged in your academic learning, applying what you've learned in work and volunteer opportunities. Your resume is the place where you can feature these accomplishments. BYU-I career services can help you with resume, interviews, and cover letters for your application.
Allow plenty of time to prepare for and take the entrance exam required for the graduate program you want. It's worth investing time and money to take a test prep program that gives you the structure needed to strengthen critical thinking and writing skills that are required on the exam. You may need to revisit the concepts taught in high school geometry and algebra. BYU-I offers test prep courses.
Get involved in academic societies to expand your learning experience, improve professional opportunities, help you develop leadership, and build ties with other students who have a similar academic interests.
- What can I do during my freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year on the path to graduate school?
- Validate my major.
- Build a mentor connection with a faculty member.
- Establish a good academic foundation for an above average GPA.
- Create grad plan, keeping in mind early grad school programs and requirements.
- Build strong relationships with professors for letters of recommendation.
- Seek leadership opportunities.
- Do a practice interview.
- Meet with faculty mentors who you will seek letters of recommendation from.
- Research grad school programs.
- Create résumé.
- Prepare for graduate school exam and take practice test.
- Attend graduate school fair(s).
- Complete application process.
- Take the entrance exam.
- Write essay or personal statement.
- Contact students and professors at prospective schools along with a campus visit.
- Visit the campus.
- Have work meetings with a faculty mentor.
- Join a professional society.
- Pay off under graduate debt, if possible through meaningful work.
Where can I go to learn more about graduate programs?
Much can be learned by simply exploring the school's website. For your questions that can't be answered on the webpage, contact a faculty member whose research matches your interests to learn more.
To begin a general search of graduate school programs by location, degree, format, and subject, go to www.gradschools.com.