attending graduate school? The following timelines
and checklists indicate the general steps needed to prepare for and complete the
application process. You should always be in conversation with your
professors and/or advisor for more specific information.
There may be a number of schools that offer courses in the degree you are
interested in pursuing. Researching the various programs available
will help your selection process. Take
advantage of web resources, such as www.gradschools.com,
and read literature related to your goals, such as Peterson's Graduate
Schools in the U.S. 2005 (available in Dean De Stefanis' office in
Founder's G-11). Be sure to speak
with any advisors, professors, or recent graduates who have experience in the
field you intend to study and who are familiar with the application process.
to think about when applying to graduate school:
It is important to choose a program that complements both your career
goals and academic preferences. Limiting the number of schools you
intend to apply to is often necessary.
the following when choosing a graduate school:
- Does the school offer a
substantial number of courses in the field you intend to study?
- What requirements are
there for completion of the program?
- Are there a certain number
of credit and fieldwork hours?
- Are there specific examination or thesis
- How long will it take to complete the program?
- Is there access to
comprehensive research facilities and libraries?
- What other
academic resources are available or unique to the school?
- Do the faculty have any
specific areas of expertise, research interest, or
publications? Are any of these in the area in which you would like
- What are the statistics
regarding student population, student-to-faculty ratio, and graduate
program and career placements?
- Is geographic location a
priority for you? Is there on-campus housing?
- Is there convenient parking?
Is it easily accessible by public transportation?
- What is the cost of
- What are the additional costs for books, lab
fees, rent and/or other living expenses?
- Is there any financial
aid available and are you eligible?
- Are there research positions
or teaching assistantships available?
- Based on the school's acceptance
statistics, what are your chances of getting into your program?
- Is the school accredited?
and other expenses associated with the application process:
cost of applications: $20-$60 per graduate school application, $80-$160
per application for professional school.
costs for standardized tests:
GRE: $105 (General Test), $150 (Subject Test)
of official undergraduate transcript for Manhattanville College: $5
(Manhattanville students can request
transcripts online or in person at the Registrar's Office in Brownson.)
Prep Courses: costs vary depending on exam. Visit the entrance
exam webpages for links to test prep course websites.
Depending on the schools' locations, traveling to visit schools might cost a
significant amount; therefore, you may want to be
selective when deciding whether to visit a school before or after application