Going to Grad School
There is always a lot of interest in going to grad school right after the graduation season. However, there is interest year-round since people consider going to grad school as part of the next step in their professional lives.
For 2019, commencement season is over and some graduates already know where they are headed. Some people are off to launch careers while others have already been accepted into grad school and just waiting to enroll this fall.
The overwhelming majority of graduates though neither have a job lined up nor are going to grad school. Well at least some of the new graduates don’t know yet if they are going to grad school. They could still plan to apply.
Many are still trying to figure it out and so if you are one of those people thinking of going to grad school, these resources will help you explore. Below, I have also listed links to the graduate programs at America’s Black Colleges just in case you have an interest in seeing what these Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have to offer for graduate and professional schools.
Graduate School Tests
If you are thinking of going to grad school, you have probably heard about the admissions hurdle – the graduate school exams. Whether or not you have to sit these exams will depend on the school and your program of interest. For example, the GMAT applies for students thinking about a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). However, not all schools require it. If you want broader options though, you might want to consider taking the GMAT.
Some programs are mandatory. For example, I don’t believe it is possible to go to law school without completing the LSAT or going to medical school without doing the MCAT.
Quick tip – Ask for fee waivers to take preparation classes for these exams or to take the exam itself. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
- Millers Analogies Test (MAT)
- Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Writing Personal Statements
The other big hurdle that scares a lot of people who are considering going to grad school is the personal statement. Every school will want some document speaking to your intentions for grad school success. This may be scary, but you should actually want to write this because of the value you will gain from expressing your own thoughts. Graduate school is a serious commitment of both time and money and so clarity is important. These are some resources to assist with writing that personal statement.
- EssayEdge – Graduate School Essays 101
- Accepted.com – Grad School Application Essays
- U of Toronto – Writing Effective Admissions Letters
- Owl at Purdue – Writing Personal Statements
- Kellogg Forum – Letters of Recommendation
Paying for Going to Grad School with Scholarships and Fellowships
Paying for a graduate program is another really big concern for anyone thinking about going to grad school. Depending on your program of study, demographics, career goals or several other variables, there are scholarships and fellowships that could really help you. In addition to personal funds, tuition reimbursement from your employer or financial aid, here are some scholarships and fellowships to consider.
- American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships
- Bullitt Environmental Leadership Fellowship
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
- Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Postdoctoral Awards
- Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
- Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
- Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
- Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP)
- Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships
- Guy and Charlotte Springsteel Graduate UW Fellowship
- The PhD Project
- Tillman Military Scholars
HBCU Graduate Programs
Many institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have competitive graduate programs and professional schools. The list below is updated for 2019. If we have left your HBCU graduate program, please send us a note at mrobin(at)thehbcucareercenter(dot)com.
- Alabama A & M Graduate School
- Alabama State University Graduate School
- Albany State University Graduate Programs
- Alcorn State University – School of Graduate Studies
- Bowie State, The Graduate School
- Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
- Claflin University Graduate & Professional School
- Clark Atlanta University Graduate Programs
- Coppin State, School of Graduate Studies
- Delaware State, School of Graduate Studies & Research
- Elizabeth City State University Graduate Programs
- Fayetteville State Graduate School
- Fisk University Graduate Admissions
- Florida A & M School of Graduate Studies & Research
- Florida Memorial University Graduate Programs
- Fort Valley State Graduate Studies
- Grambling College of Graduate Studies
- Howard University Graduate School
- Hampton University Graduate Programs
- Langston University Graduate Education
- Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Programs
- Lincoln University Missouri, Graduate Studies
- University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Graduate Studies & Continuing Ed
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Graduate Studies
- University of District of Columbia Masters Programs
- West Virginia State University Graduate Admissions
- Wilberforce University Grad School
We wish you success with your plans as you consider going to grad school. It is quite a journey, but can be a very fulfilling experience.
Research on Grad School
- The Future of the MBA, Best Colleges
- Peterson’s Graduate School Guide
- Questions to Ask Before Going Back to Grad School, The Balance