Feature Articles

 

How parents can help their children get into grad school

image courtesy of Nutdanai / freedigitalphotos.net

 

How Parents Can Help Their Children Get Into Grad School

A college degree just doesn't get people as far as it used to in the job market. Once a valuable asset, a college degree and relevant experience is now no longer enough to ensure a secure career. A master's and even a Ph.D. are now needed for many high-paying, prestigious positions. And so, under the current circumstances, going to graduate school may be one of the best decisions your son or daughter can make for his or her future. Although the responsibility of applying to grad school rests mostly on your child, there are a few things that you can do to help. READ MORE...

 

Tips for preparing a grad school application essay

image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3 Tips For Writing a Killer Grad School Application Essay

As a grad school applicant, you may think that the grad school "statement of intent" or "personal statement" is just a rehash of your undergraduate application personal essay. This is perhaps the biggest trap that graduate students-to-be fall into when applying for grad school. There are very specific differences between these two essays, and knowing the differences in what admissions committees want will make all the difference. Here are a few tips for writing the best grad school application essay you can, based on my experience applying to grad school: READ MORE...

How to choose a graduate program

image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Choose a Graduate Program

It comes as no surprise to most students that one needs more than just good grades and a lot of ambition to gain acceptance into a good graduate program. Effective letters of recommendation, good scores on standardized entrance exams, and a strong personal statement -- all of these things play important roles. Just as important, however, are the choices one makes about where to apply. In some disciplines there are hundreds of schools offering programs that lead to a Master’s or Ph.D. The particular choices about where to apply may have major implications and significant consequences for the remainder of a person’s career and life. READ MORE...

Graduate School in Psychology

image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / freedigitalphotos.net

Misconceptions About Grad School In Psychology by Laura E. Buffardi, Ph.D.  

Those who are immersed in psychology are often surprised by the misconceptions others have about their field. In the past 10 years or so, as a Ph.D. student, a post-doc, and as a grad school admissions consultant, I too have noticed that the public commonly holds some misunderstandings about what psychologists do and what graduate school training in psychology is like. In this article, I will point out some of the most widespread misconceptions and work to clarify them. For those interested in pursuing a career and graduate education in psychology, recognizing these misconceptions and heeding the clarifications is vital to preparing for grad school. READ MORE...

Visiting the grad school before applying

mage courtesy of IITS Concordia University

Visiting Grad School Programs Before You Apply: A Wise Decision  

The best way to get certain kinds of information about particular graduate programs is to visit the school. You should make every effort possible to pay a visit to at least those schools that interest you the most. Before you visit, find out who the Graduate Program Director is and contact that person a couple of weeks in advance.

If for some reason you cannot visit the Universities where you intend on applying to, there are still a few things that you can do. You can learn a lot about a program by calling people in that program and asking them a few questions. Start by contacting some of the graduate students who are currently in that program. READ MORE...

Are you ready for grad school?

image courtesy of Ambro / freedigitalphotos.net

Are You Ready For Grad School Applications? Think Again: A Grad Student's Experience

There comes a time in every student's life where they must decide whether or not they want to pursue graduate school. I myself decided to attend a journalism graduate school after being out of college for two years. At the time, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After being out of the swing of the college scene for two years, I wasn't certain of all that I would need to do in order to be accepted into the right program. READ MORE...

 

Basic Components of a Grad School Application

 

Basic Components of a Grad School Application

Most graduate programs require applicants to submit most or all of the following items by a certain deadline: 1) application forms, 2) official transcripts of university or college grades, 3) official scores on one or more standardized test, 4) two or more letters of recommendation (three letters is most common), and 5) a personal statement, or an essay (or essays) in response to a specific question (or questions), usually pertaining to the applicant’s educational or career goals. READ MORE...

Does an RA position really hlp you get into grad school?

Does Taking on a Research Assistant Position Really Increases Your Chances of Getting Into Graduate School?

Research assistant (RA) positions can be a terrific opportunity for a college undergraduate student. But, does an RA position actually help if one's ultimate goal is to get into graduate school? In general, I would say that yes, an RA position can be very beneficial to the prospects of getting into graduate school for a number of reasons. However, there are a few pitfalls that you should be aware of before accepting this employment. READ MORE...

standardized test preparation for graduate school

image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Are You Ready to Put Yourself to the Test? Standardized Testing and Graduate School Preparation

Think long and hard before you decide to take a grad school admissions test. Some potential grad students may be tempted to use standardized testing as a tool to decide whether or not to apply to school. Former teacher, counsellor and administrator, Sia Knight says that this strategy is both expensive and time-consuming. It's also important to keep in mind that in most cases, your scores on most standardized tests will follow you wherever you go. READ MORE...

Online Graduate School isn't right for everyone

Get Expert Advice on Getting Into Graduate School

Graduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In

2nd edition - 2012 , by Dave G. Mumby, Ph.D.

It is the most comprehensive advisement handbook for College and University students who are considering graduate school. Whether you are still deciding if grad school is right for you, or are looking for ways to maximize your application, this book is for you. Paperback version available at AmazonGraduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In on amazon & Barnes & Noble. eBook available on KindleGraduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In on amazon and for Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps. Get Your Copy Now!

See the REVIEWS

Online Graduate School isn't right for everyone

Is Online Graduate School Right For You?

While the appeal of online graduate programs is understandable—after all online education provides flexibility for those who have families, full time jobs, and can even be beneficial to students who suffer from learning disabilities and/or anxieties—online education isn't designed for everyone. In fact, it can be harder from some individuals, especially graduate students since online programs are just as vigorous and intense as traditional programs. READ MORE...

The value of the MBA

image courtesy of 89studio / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Value of the MBA in Today's Job Market

The economy has been under hot debate for the past several years. With student debt soaring, unemployment at a standstill, and the job market impossibly competitive, there's good reason for the economy and a college education to be more carefully examined. The spotlight continues to shine on the impossibility many college graduates face—grads enter the working world with little to no professional experience, a degree in hand, and a huge chunk of college debt—unable to land a job because they lack the "experience" that older applicants have, recent grads struggle on all fronts. While this isn't always the scenario that plays out, it is a common one. READ MORE...

Applying to grad school is NOT just a grades competition. Your attitude matters too!

Applying to grad school is NOT just a grades competition. Your attitude matters too!

Before you start researching the grim stats on acceptance rates, and perhaps getting overwhelmed by what is required, first take the time to consider the benefits of an advanced degree and whether grad school will really help you achieve your long-term goals. If after some reflection, you clearly see how grad school really is the next logical step for you, then read on to find out what things (obvious as well as not-so-obvious) you can do to improve your chances of getting in without feeling overwhelmed or unprepared.  READ MORE...

Letters of recommendation for grad school: Getting effective letters from the right people

Letters of Recommendation for Grad School: Getting Effective Letters from the Right People

One thought far from the mind of most students when they first begin college or university is, “What will I do after I get my bachelor’s degree?” The hard decisions about what to do next really won’t come for another couple of years. But when you near graduation and start making those decisions, you want to have as many options to choose from as possible. This is why you should begin planning for graduate school during your freshman year. This early start is necessary because certain things that you need to do to prepare a successful application require you to start two, or even three, years in advance. READ MORE...

Getting Convincing letters of recommendation from the right sources

Getting Convincing Letters of Recommendation From The Right Sources

If one was to ask several graduate program directors or admission committee members about the types of weaknesses they see in typical graduate-school applications, something that is sure to come up time after time is the poor quality of many letters of recommendation. The complaints are not about the caliber of the applicants, however. Rather, the criticisms are often about the lousy job that some referees do when writing letters! READ MORE...

Preparing for graduate school interviews

Preparing for Graduate School Interviews

Unlike the graduate application package, which comes with clear instructions and is straightforward in its requirements, the pre-selection interview does not come with structured guidelines that you can follow to a T. At first glance, it may appear as though the entire purpose and course of the interview is in the hands of the interviewers, which will probably include selection committee members and grad advisors. You can, however, have some influence on how you are perceived by your readiness to answer certain questions. READ MORE...

preparing a cover letter for grad schoolimage courtesy of bplanet / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Preparing a Cover Letter for Grad School Applications

We all know that first impressions can have lasting influence on what others think of us. It can be difficult to reverse a negative first impression. On the other hand, a positive first impression can sway people to overlook minor misgivings about us that come up, later. Likewise, grad-school applicants who make strong and positive first impressions on members of an admissions committee or a potential graduate supervisor have a much better chance of eventually being accepted than those who initially come across as run-of-the-mill. READ MORE...

Trends in Education

Latest Trends in Education

Higher education continues to change at a rapid pace. There are many factors that are constantly causing this, such as the increase in population and the advancement in technology. There have been some very clear cut trends that have recently emerged in higher education. Here are a few along with an explanation of each of them: READ MORE...

Graduate school is now an even better option

Graduate School: Now A Even Better Option Than Ever Before

As we watch austerity measures come into place in Greece and the inevitable retaliation that will come with it, it becomes clearer that many nations are struggling with high unemployment levels, economic recessions and less than optimal prospects for the younger generations in the near future. As has always been the case, even in the best of economic times, job candidates need an edge if they are to be employed. Once a valuable asset, a college degree and relevant experience is now no longer enough to ensure a secure career. Although a baccalaureate can certainly help you land a decent job, there is no substitute for the specialized training that can only be obtained with a graduate degree. READ MORE...

Online Graduate School isn't right for everyone

Three Worst Reasons for Going to Grad School by Sia Knight

All over the country, colleges are winding down their spring semesters and a whole new crop of seniors are contemplating the future. In this time of economic uncertainty, graduate school has been a popular choice for undergraduates unsure about the flailing job market. While in some cases applying to grad school makes total sense, there are some reasons that graduate school is the exact WRONG choice: READ MORE...

Graduate school applications: Suggested Timetable

Graduate School Applications : Suggested Timetable

Graduate school application deadlines are fast approaching. Depending on your own situation, you may still have a lot to do before that time comes. The holiday period and the beginning of January are good times to tie up a lot of loose ends in your application, without the pressure that comes from preparing for exams. It is for that reason, that I put together the following step-by-step timetable to help you plan your own course of action for the holiday period into January and right up until your application deadlines. READ MORE...

The personal statement: How a generic statement can ruin your application

The Personal Statement: A Generic Statement or Essay Can Ruin Your Application

Most of those who have been through the process of applying to graduate school will agree -- writing the personal statement was the most difficult and stressful part. Part of the problem for many is that they set out to write their personal statement without a clear set of guidelines for what to include, and with some uncertainty about exactly how it will be used in evaluating their application. READ MORE...

How To Find Credible Sources of Information On-line

How To Find Credible Sources of Information On-line

As you make your way through the graduate-school application process, you will come across many suggestions and tips and tricks from various "experts" who claim to be able to help you succeed. This is especially true if you are using the Internet as your main source of information. Yes, the Internet is a valuable resource and there are many skilled professionals offering great advice on applying to graduate or professional school, or career information in general, but they should not be your only source of information. READ MORE...

Graduate School in Communication Studies and Multimedia - Interview with Robert Hamilton, Ph.D.

Graduate School in Communication Studies and Multimedia - Interview with Robert Hamilton, Ph.D.

Some students may be uncertain about the advantages of having a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA). Can you comment on how a MFA can broaden someone’s career options, beyond the opportunities that are available to those with just an undergraduate degree or diploma? Is a MFA just for someone who wants to remain in academia and teach? READ MORE...

right and wrong ways to ask for a letter of recommendation

Right And Wrong Ways To Ask For A Letter Of Recommendation

All graduate-school applicants have to do it. Successful applicants may have to do it again and again while in graduate school, whenever they apply for a scholarship, a fellowship, or an internship. It is normal to feel a bit uneasy -- uncertain how to do it properly -- unsure of what to say. For many students, asking a professor for a letter of recommendation can be a bit intimidating, to say the least. READ MORE...

Do Graduate Schools Care Where I earned my degree

Do Graduate Schools Care Where You Earned Your Bachelors Degree?

The answer is.... No, they do not. And it’s as simple as that.
A related question is whether your future employers will care where you earned your masters or doctorate. Again, the answer is, no. (Admittedly, there might be rare exceptions to this one, especially if the employer is among those who have misconceptions about education and training at different universities). READ MORE...

Relevant experience increases graduate school prospects

Relevant Experience Increases Graduate School Prospects

Applying to graduate school is, in many respects, like applying for a job. Anyone who has ever applied for a job, whether it being selling contents insurance quotes or designing furniture, knows the importance of having relevant experience in the same or at least a similar kind of work. It is not impossible to get a job without previous experience — it’s just much harder to do so. All other things being equal, most jobs will go to applicants with experience. It can be like that when a graduate-admissions committee considers which applicants to accept into their programs, too… though not for all the same reasons. READ MORE...

Are you ready for graduate school? Find out nowimage courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Are You Ready For Grad School? Find Out Now!

For most students thinking about graduate school, there are many unanswered questions about what it takes to get in, what it takes to succeed once there, and whether they will actually enjoy being a graduate student. There is no standard set of circumstances or demands that all Ph.D. students face, and many factors go in to determining the outcomes for any individual. It is impossible to predict how things will turn out if you are accepted into a graduate program. Still, there are certain general requirements that are essential for success in graduate school, regardless of the particular discipline, and you should consider them before whether graduate school is the right choice for you. READ MORE...

Understanding how the applicant selection process works

Understanding How The Applicant Selection Process Works

The majority of graduate-school applicants have a major impediment that they do not even know they have: They don’t understand how the successful applicants are chosen. In fact, they have no idea what is really going on with their application after they submit it. Without knowing how the selection process works, it is easy to make mistakes without realizing that you are doing so. READ MORE...

Writing a convincing personal statement for grad school

Writing A Convincing Personal Statement For Grad School

Most of those who have been through the process of applying to graduate school will agree -- writing the personal statement, also known as the statement of purpose or letter of intent, was the most difficult and stressful part. Part of the problem for many is that they set out to write their personal statement without a clear set of guidelines for what to include, and with some uncertainty about exactly how it will be used in evaluating their application. READ MORE...

How much does grad school cost?

How Much Does Grad School Cost? Can I Afford It?

Let’s face it, graduate studies in most fields can be expensive and set you back many thousands of dollars right from the beginning. The good news is that, in many respects, it is easier to finance graduate school than undergraduate school, and your situation probably is not as bleak as you might first assumed. It is also important to recognize that in most programs that you would be applying for, graduate students will receive some source of income. Unlike undergraduate studies, there are many more potential sources from which this income may be obtained. READ MORE...

Graduate School eBook

GET Expert Advice on Getting Into Graduate School in the Newly Released Book: Graduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In

2nd edition, by Dave G. Mumby, Ph.D.

It is the most comprehensive advisement handbook for College and University students who are considering graduate school. Whether you are still deciding if grad school is right for you, or are looking for ways to maximize your application, this book is for you. Paperback version available at AmazonGraduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In on amazon & Barnes & Noble. eBook available on KindleGraduate School: Winning Strategies For Getting In on amazon and for Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps. Get Your Copy Now!

See the REVIEWS


How to choose a graduate advisor

Choosing a Graduate Advisor

You found a great program for your Ph.D.! The school has a good reputation and your prospective graduate advisor is very well-known in the field. Everyone knows about her and about her work, which has a solid reputation. Best of all, she has agreed to supervise your graduate studies! What could possibly go wrong? READ MORE...

Paying for graduate school: Exploring the options available to students

Paying for School:
Exploring the Options Available to Graduate Students

You don't think you can afford to go to graduate school? Think again! It is normal to feel twinges of excitement while preparing for your graduate school applications. But the topic of financing is bound to come up eventually, and when it does, the excitement may be diminished somewhat. There can be considerable expenses associated with years of graduate school. The good news is that, in many respects, it is easier to finance graduate school than undergraduate school, and that your situation probably is not as bleak as you first assumed. READ MORE...
MyGraduateSchool.com

How Many Graduate Programs Should I Apply To?

Almost anyone who puts in the necessary time and effort to explore the options for graduate studies in his or her discipline or field of interest will come to at least two conclusions: There are many programs and schools to choose from, and there is considerable variability among them in terms of their specific appeals. READ MORE...

How many graduate programs should I apply to?
You may be more qualified for graduate school than you might think

Considering Grad School? You May Be More Qualified Than You Think

Let's consider the greatest of the common misconceptions about graduate school — the idea that you must have outstanding undergraduate grades to get into graduate school and to succeed once you are there. Do you believe this? Most people do, but it’s simply not true! Although outstanding grades certainly help your chances of getting into graduate school, there are ways to get in even if you do not have excellent grades. READ MORE...

 

Common Misconceptions about grades and graduate school

image courtesy of Vlado / Freedigitalphotos.net   

Common Misconceptions about Grades and Getting Into Grad School

It is easy to see why students would mistakenly assume that admission to graduate school depends mainly on obtaining or surpassing some minimum grade-point requirement. After all, that is the main qualification for admission to many undergraduate programs. But when it comes to applying to graduate school, this is simply not true! READ MORE...

MyGraduateSchool.com

Clarify Your Expectations With Protential Graduate Supervisors Before Making A Commitment

Most students who apply to graduate school are so focused on getting into a program that interest them, that they tend to overlook some of the other critical factors that will determine how much they enjoy the experience, and whether they get what they are after. It is essential, for example, that the student and his or her graduate supervisor are well-matched. A good match is made, based not only on research interests, but also in terms of expectations concerning various aspects of the student-supervisor relationship. Very few students appreciate this last point before they begin graduate school, but all are well aware of it by the time they finish! READ MORE...

 

Expectations of graduate supervisor

Share  

 

 

 

 

 

Share  

 

 

Advertise on MyGraduateSchool

 

PayPal for Business - Accept credit cards in just minutes!

 

 

Home
| Blog | Book | Resources | Contact | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertise with Us | Terms and Conditions

Proto Press Publications Copyright 2013

-