ARTS & SCIENCES GRADUTE PROGRAMS

The decision to apply to graduate school requires a great deal of thought because the commitments of time, energy and finances for a graduate degree are considerable. Students seeking a safe alternative to work after college because they are unsure of specific career goals, will certainly find that graduate school is not the place to "find oneself." Graduate study requires self-discipline and a dedication to one's field of study.

RESOURCES & CONSIDERATIONS

There are excellent resources at Wesleyan for the prospective graduate student. Professors are one of your best resources because they have completed the entire graduate process from filling out applications to the job search following graduate work. Also, check with alumni who are doing the work you want to do. Ask them about their educational experiences. Before you can begin selecting schools, you need to define your goals and decide what it is you hope to gain from graduate school. Read More...

QUALIFICATION EVALUATION

From the catalogs, from Career Center resources, and from conversations with alumni and faculty, you should have a feel for how competitive each program is. Keep in mind that the expectations of Ph.D. programs are higher than those for most Master's. Knowing this, and evaluating your abilities, will aid you in selecting programs that are not only suited for you, but in selecting schools to which you have the best chance of being admitted. Read More...

MEETING THE COSTS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL

Unless you have money set aside or parents willing to carry your expenses, you will need financial aid. Graduate schools can cost anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per year or more. The best advice is to apply for aid at every school. Check out the availability of fellowships, assistantships, etc. The best sources of information are the financial aid offices at the schools to which you are applying. Read More...

STANDARDIZED TESTS

The best known test, the Graduate Record Exam or GRE, is similar to the SAT. There are two types of GRE testing. The first part is often called the general section and is intended to measure aptitude. The other section, a separate test, is often called the subject test and can be in any of a dozen or so subjects including economics, biology, psychology, etc. You will find most schools require that you take at least the general exam. Many will ask for both. Read More...

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Different schools have different application procedures and questions. There are some general application suggestions that we can offer. Read More...