Researching Graduate Programs
The Career Center library has many print resources, including books for students of health, law, engineering & technology, graduate psychology, business and others. Professors, academic or departmental advisors, staff, other students, and alumni are also good sources of information. You can also access graduate school information right on line.
In reviewing the programs of each school, look for:
- Emphasis and content of each program.
- Special options that may be offered.
- Tests required for entrance (e.g. GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT).
- Educational/experiential background of faculty members in your anticipated department.
- Application procedures and CLOSING DATES.
Links to graduate schools and continuing education websites:
- Peterson's Guide to Graduate Schools
- MBA Explorer
- US News & Graduate School Rankings
- Graduate School Fairs
- Postgrad.com - postgraduate in the UK!
Links to Stony Brook graduate programs:
- Graduate Programs at Stony Brook
- College of Engineering & Applied Science
- School of Professional Development
- University Health Sciences Center
Testing for Admissions
Make arrangements to take the appropriate graduate or professional school admissions tests. Application materials for most of these tests are available at Career Center. For those interested, there are organizations that offer classes to help you prepare for graduate school entrance exams. Here are a few examples:
Recommendation letters/Credential files
Whom to ask for a letter of recommendation?
- Ask people who know your work and can adequately comment on your abilities to perform well in a graduate program
- You should certainly ask one or two faculty members, however, a supervisor or past employer may also be appropriate
- Personal references from family members do not carry much weight with admissions committees
When asking for a letter of recommendation....
- Meet with the person and talk about your career goals
- Tell about what you to hope to achieve through graduate school
- Provide a copy of your resume, and any other pertinent information
- Give your references at least one month to compose a good letter
Click here for help in asking for a letter of reference.
Law and Medical Schools require something different
Law schools require all applicants to establish their credentials file with their on-line service. Click here for more information. For information about Medical Schools, please visit the Health Professions Advisor (631-632-7080) in the Academic Advising Center.
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