Graduate School Preparation

Choosing a School Applying
Evaluating a Program Action Plan
Additional Graduate School Resources Additional Personal Statement Resources
Pre-Health Career Resources Guide to Writing Personal Statements
Recommendation Forms  


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Before deciding on graduate school, either at the masters (2 years) or doctorate level (4-8 years), it is strongly encouraged that you fully explore every aspect of your chosen career. Ask yourself…

Choosing a School

Thoroughly explore your options. Talk to your Academic Advisor, Faculty, graduate students, Career Services, and professionals in a variety of fields. Some online resources include:


Entrance criteria vary between programs and can even change from year to year within a program depending on the quality of applicants. Deadlines are usually 7-8 months before your entrance date. Determine all deadlines for graduate school applications, financial aid, and assistantship applications. Send in applications early! Don’t worry if you shine in some areas but are lacking in others. Most programs use a trade-off approach to gain an overall picture of an applicant. Criteria for admissions will typically include:

Evaluating a Program

Overall Program


Financial Aid

 Student Life and Campus Facilities

Career Information

Action Plan

As soon as you decide Grad School is right for you

Summer Before Senior Year





Additional Graduate School Information

UNCW Graduate School
Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students
Peterson’s Graduate Planner
Getting Letters of Recommendation
National Scholarships, Fellowships & Programs (searchable database)
Fellowship Interviews

Additional Personal Statement Information

Write a Personal Statement that Will Knock Their Socks Off
All About the Graduate Admissions Essay

Graduate School - Statement
Examples of Successful Statements
Graduate Admissions Essays
How to Write a Personal Statement (seven online lessons)

Additional Information for Health Graduate Programs

Health Professionals Personal Statement Workshop (Columbia Univ.)
Writing Personal Statements for Health Professional Schools (Michigan State Univ.)

Personal Statement (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Tips for Writing a Personal Statement (Carnegie Mellon Univ.)
Writing Personal Statements (Univ. of Florida)
Pre-Professional Track: Health or Law (UNCW)



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