Preparing for Graduate School

The decision-making and planning needed for attending graduate school, choosing the right university and program, and the application process all require serious consideration and preparation.

An advanced degree is a must for Grand View students considering careers in medicine, law, psychology, social work and counseling. In other occupational fields, a graduate degree can enhance the graduate's professional development and provide a greater variety of career opportunities.

The Career Center will assist in the following areas: 

  • Entrance exam (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, NCLEX, PCAT, etc.) information, including study guides, flashcards, and practice tests through Mometrix.
  • Counsel on developing a Statement of Purpose.
  • Information on timeline & planning using Centralized Application Services.

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Graduate and Medical School Resources

Knowing what steps you need to take to be admitted to the medical or graduate school of your choice – and when to take those steps – will make the process easier and less stressful.

Graduate & Professional School Resources

Review resources in the myGVU Career Center group for articles related to medical school application and interview preparation. 

Graduate School Timeline & Tasks

Junior Year

  • Begin researching schools and programs of interest.
  • Talk to faculty and advisors to acquire information and advice.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with professors and supervisors who could write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Begin reviewing for required entrance exams.

Summer Before Senior Year

  • Start to narrow down your graduate school search.
  • Begin drafts of personal statements, essays, resumes, etc.
  • Register for required entrance exams.

Senior Year

September / October

  • Take entrance exams and request scores to be sent to schools.
  • Make appointment with the Career Center to work on required essays/personal statements.
  • Research financial aid sources, including scholarships and assistantships.
  • Request letters of recommendation.

November / December

  • Request transcripts to be sent to your final choices, making sure fall grades can be included in time for deadlines.
  • Finalize essays/personal statements.
  • Begin applying for scholarships and assistantships.
  • Mail applications with early due dates.

January / February

  • Submit applications as early as possible.
  • File for financial aid if needed.
  • Contact schools you want to visit or to set up an interview.
  • Schedule a mock interview with the Career Center.
  • Confirm that letters of recommendation have been received.