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    Augustine Olu

    Applying to graduate school can be a complicated and time consuming process. Once you decide that a graduate degree is for you, you face numerous questions: What kind of degree do I want? Where should I apply? What tests do I need to take? This guideline gives you a quick overview of the things you should know about applying to graduate school-from choosing the right program to putting together a strong application. Keep in mind that the typical graduate admission process can take long as six to nine months.

    Finding the right match

    The key to having a rewarding; graduate education is selecting the graduate program that best matches your research and career goals.

    Choosing a master’s or PhD?

    The PhD, or doctor of philosophy degree, prepares you for a career in research and teaching in business, in government, or in non profit sector. Once you have an idea about what area of study and what kind of degree you want to pursue, you can begin exploring graduate programs.

    Choosing a graduate program

    When identifying a prospective graduate degree, bear in mind that where you earn your degree can have a gear impact on the direction of your future career. Aim high-do not underestimate your competitiveness. Applying can be expensive, so become familiar with the entrance requirements such as the miuimum test scores, GPA, and curricular requirements of your prospective programs to make sure that your choices are ambitious, but also realistic.

    How many graduate applications should I submit?

    There is no optimal number of programs to which you should apply. Many students apply between five and eight programs. The number of applications depends on how many programs you are willing to consider and in part how much it will cost you to apply.

    Money management

    An important step you can take now to prepare for graduate steadily is to manage your money wisely. Learn to live on a student budget so that you will avoid the financial pressures that can limit opportunities available to you. Remember, the decisions you make now can make it possible for you to take advantage of opportunities down the road. Know and understand your finances today so that you are well prepared for your future.

    Creating a strong application

    Things to remember

    Plan ahead – allow yourself plenty of time to gather the information you need and to review, revise and edit.

    Seek help – Get feedback from your professor or others in your field of study
    Follow up – Make sure that you submit materials on time and follow up to verify that all supporting materials are received on time.

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