SUU Career Center

"I wanted to thank you for helping me through my graduate school application process. The couple times I met with you in your office about a personal statement and resume were very helpful and eliminated a lot of stress I was feeling. I wanted to let you know that I have received an acceptance offer from the University of Alabama Birmingham and I have decided to accept it. I'll be attending the Master's of Forensic Science program. I have you and the SUU professors to thank for this opportunity. Thank you again for everything!"

- Haley Y. (SUU, Biology, Class of 2019)

Graduate School Information

Checklist

Junior Year Fall:

  • Begin exploring graduate programs by researching areas that interest you
  • Attend the Graduate School Fair
  • Maintain a strong GPA
  • Visit with faculty/professionals in your fields of interest

Junior Year Spring:

  • Build relationships with professors for recommendation letters
  • Request program information and material from graduate schools you are interested in
  • Make note of admission requirements and deadlines
  • Begin gathering study materials for graduate entrance exam

Senior Year Summer:

  • Take a graduate entrance exam preparation class early
  • Visit graduate schools of interest, if possible
  • Obtain job/internship or volunteer/shadow in chosen field
  • Register for graduate entrance exam
  • Study!!!!

Senior Year Fall:

  • Take graduate entrance exam
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Begin application process early (Sep, Oct, Nov)
  • Retake graduate entrance exam (if needed)

Senior Year Spring:

  • Ensure applications to schools are submitted and complete by February 1st
  • Request new transcripts for application submitted early
  • Visit with Financial Aid Counselor about options to pay for graduate school
  • Accept or Decline Offers

Questions to Ask Your Graduate Program of Interest

  • What is the admission deadline for the program?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What graduate exams does the program accept?
    • Minimum Score Requirements
  • Minimum GPA requirements?
  • How many letters of recommendation?
  • Is there an essay?
  • Do they require an interview of each applicant?
  • What is the cost of the program?
  • Are there scholarships/assistance available?
  • How long is the program?
  • What is the acceptance to applicant rate?
    • Do they accept applicants every semester?
    • How many are admitted each semester/year?
  • Are there prerequisites to the program?
  • What is the placement rate after graduation?