Determine if graduate school is for you.
- Think about your options and choose a program that is right for you and your career goals.
- Research financial aid opportunities and the impact your decisions will have on your career goals. Consider all fellowships, grants and scholarships.
- Discuss your options with family, friends and career professionals.
Evaluate your goals and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
- List your requirements for your graduate program.
- Research the institutions that offer the programs using the websites and attending Graduate and Professional School Fairs.
- Visit the institutions that meet your needs.
- Other factors to consider:
- Cost and financial aid
- Length of program
- Application process
- Flexibility and specifics of curriculum
- Prestige of program and faculty
Most graduate programs use an online application process.
- Be aware of deadlines.
- Follow directions carefully and accurately.
- Retain copies for your own records.
- Letters of recommendation
- Select 3 to 5 faculty members or employers who are qualified to evaluate your academic/work performance.
- Allow ample time for recommendations to be written.
- Some institutions provide recommendation forms to be used.
- Provide the following support material: projects completed, transcripts, resume, copy of your personal statement and a stamped addressed envelope.
- Personal Statement
- This is the key measure of your ability to communicate, pay attention to spelling, grammar and writing style.
- Be clear and brief, abiding by the guidelines stated in the application.
- Demonstrate your motivation, commitment and enthusiasm.
- Invite critiques. The Creighton Career Center staff is available to assist you.