In addition to the GRE, ETS also offers eight GRE subject tests covering the following topics: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology. In our last post, we provided an overview of four GRE subject tests. Below are the remaining four subject tests, along with the material covered and some basic information on the structure of the tests. Happy studying! Continue reading “GRE Subject Tests Part 2” »
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In our last post, we gave some suggestions for graduate school applicants with low undergraduate GPAs. Remember, a low undergraduate GPA does not mean you have to kiss your graduate school dreams goodbye. Here are some more tips on how to make an application with a low undergraduate GPA more attractive to graduate schools.
Retake the GRE until you have a stellar score. Thanks to ETS’s new ScoreSelect policy, you now have nothing to lose by taking the GRE multiple times. (Graduate schools won’t even see your lowest scores!) If you took the GRE already and are not satisfied with your score, study harder and retake the test to see if you can get a higher score. A high GRE score can do wonders for offsetting a low undergraduate GPA, particularly if several years have passed between your college graduation and your application to graduate school. Continue reading “Can I get into graduate school with a low GPA? Part 2” »
If you’re applying to graduate school, chances are your program may require you take specific GRE subject tests in addition to the GRE. Much like the SAT subject tests, the GRE subject tests are designed to help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge of a specific subject area. Even if your program does not explicitly require a GRE subject test, a high GRE subject test score could help your application stand out from the crowd.
There are eight GRE subject tests currently offered by ETS: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology. Continue reading “GRE Subject Tests Part 1” »
“Our well-rounded community includes five unique departments, a top-ranked graduate school, national research centers, and the largest undergraduate major at Vanderbilt…Peabody professors are well-known scholars and practitioners who actively mentor students. Our undergraduate, master’s, Ed.D., Ph.D., and professional development programs all attract people who share a deep concern for the human condition and education.” Continue reading “School Spotlight: Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development” »
Is your college GPA abysmal? Are you worried this will keep you from being able to attend graduate school? While a low college GPA will limit your graduate school options, it does not necessarily mean you have to kiss your graduate school dreams goodbye. Here are some suggestions for how to compensate for a low undergraduate GPA in your graduate school application.
Be realistic. Many of the top graduate programs will do an initial culling of the applicant pool based solely on their GPA and GRE scores. A low average undergraduate GPA for admitted students can bring down program rankings, and many of the top programs receive far too many applications to truly be able to consider each application individually. If your GPA does not make the initial cut, then you will not be considered for admission. Before you send in your application, call the program and ask them if there is an undergraduate GPA cutoff. Make sure the programs you apply to are willing to evaluate your application as a whole. Continue reading “Can I get into graduate school with a low GPA? Part 1” »
As part of a new series, “It’s not GREek!” will be interviewing current graduate students about why they picked their program, their experiences in graduate school, and what they hope to do with their degree. Today, we spoke with Joe, who just finished his first year in the MFA Film Program at the Boston University College of Communication. It is a small (14-person) two-year program where students take courses in film production, screenwriting, acting, directing and producing, as well as electives such as editing and film studies.
Continue reading “Student Spotlight: MFA in Film Production at Boston University” »
Recently, we showed you how to clean up your Google search results for graduate schools. Now that your Google search results make you look like the most erudite person on the planet, or at least, in your friend group, we’re going to focus on another aspect of social media. Today, we’re going to turn the tables and show you how to use social media to help in your graduate school search and application process.
Nearly every university has at least one Facebook page relating to their departments or graduate admissions. Make sure to “like” and follow these pages, as they may provide the most reliable and up-to-date information on admissions. They can also link you to other application resources at the school that could assist you in your applications. Plus, those pages typically always remind followers when applications deadlines are approaching and what materials are needed.
Is the dean of one of your prospective schools on Twitter? What about a professor who you’re really interested in working with? Don’t be afraid to follow these people to get to learn more about their work and potentially even establish a dialogue before you apply. Professors and deans frequently tweet about research they’re doing, classes they’re offering, or papers or conferences they’re working on. Being familiar with a professor or graduate dean’s research interests can help you cater to them in your admissions essay or during an interview.
Use Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with current students and alumni. Most current graduate students love an excuse to take a break from their studies and talk to a prospective student, and proud alumni love to brag and reminisce about their alma mater. Current students can give you a sense of student life at the graduate school, as well as provide valuable insights into the teaching styles of certain professors or the availability of research opportunities. Alumni can let you know what they did with their degree, so you have a better idea of how you would apply your degree after graduate school. Even if you don’t end up going to that school, the alumni, students and professors you contact can still be useful connections later down the line.
Finally, make sure to Google professors you think you may be interested in working with. Google Scholar is a great tool for finding some of a professor’s recent publications. You may also find other useful information about projects they’ve participated in the university, or stumble across a blog that gives you a hint as to their personality outside the classroom. All this information can help you decide whether or not you may be interested in working with a particular professor.
Don’t forget to work all this information into your personal statement! Use your conversations with alumni about their career paths to provide specific information about what you hope to do with your degree after graduation. The more precise you can be, the more attractive your application will be to admissions officers! Likewise, use the information you’ve learned about professors you would like to work with to state specific information about why their research is of interest to you.
Remember, though, that while social media can be a valuable resource for learning some information about a graduate school, program, or particular professor there is still no replacement for going there and seeing it yourself. Social media is a great way to lay the foundation for new relationships, but make sure to solidify them with some in-person (or at the very least phone) interaction.
Are you thinking that both the Peace Corps and graduate school are likely to be in your future? If so, the Peace Corps Master’s International Program could be a great way for you to combine these interests. The Master’s International Program allows Peace Corps members to partner with a participating university and gain their master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps.
Prospective applicants must first apply to a participating graduate school. Over 80 graduate schools currently participate in this program, including Boston University, Cornell University, Emory, Texas A&M, and the University of Texas-Austin. Participating schools offer master’s degrees in a variety of subjects, ranging from public policy to engineering to environmental science. After they are admitted to the graduate school of their choice, they can apply for the Master’s International Program.
Participants in the program typically spend one to two years on campus at the graduate school of their choice doing coursework. Upon completion of the requisite coursework, participants will serve in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Participants receive academic credit for their time in the Peace Corps and conduct a research project related to their mission while they are abroad. This typically culminates in a thesis or other long written paper about their research and time serving in the Peace Corps.
Thinking this might be right for you? Admissions requirements vary by school, but successful applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and new GRE scores of 153 or higher on the verbal section and 150 or higher on the quantitative section.