Exploring Graduate & Professional Schools

Why Apply to Graduate or Professional School?

There are a number of reasons why students apply to graduate or professional school:

  • They may need a graduate degree or additional license to work in a particular profession.
  • May increase employability in their field of choice.
  • They may simply enjoy learning!

Examine your reasons and motives carefully! Seek the help of a Career Counselor if you need help deciding whether or not graduate school is the best option for you!

Researching Schools

Researching and selecting graduate or professional schools can be an all-consuming process. Which and how many schools you apply to will depend on a number of factors such as accreditation, geographic location, program uniqueness, or research compatibility.

Application Process

Typically, you need the following to apply to graduate or professional school:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • GPA/Official Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Admissions Test Score (see details below)

Admissions Test Score

Confirm which admission test is required with each program you apply:

Graduate School:

GRE-Graduate Record Examinations
GMAT-Graduate Mangement Admissions Test

Professional School:

DAT-Dental Admissions Test
LSAT-Law School Admissions Test
MCAT-Medical College Admissions Test
OAT-Optometry Admissions Test
 

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose, which is also commonly referred to as the personal statement, is a written piece that may encompass the applicant's aspirations, career goals, educational background, personal experiences, research, and so on. For more details about writing your statement of purpose and what to include, please contact the Center for Career & Professional Advancement at 209.228.7272, careercenter@ucmerced.edu , or stop by our office in Student Services Building 230.