Considering Graduate or Professional School?
First, determine if continuing your education is the right way to go. “The job market is lousy, so I’ll go to grad school!” … “All my friends are going to law school!” … “I don’t have any experience, maybe grad school will help!?” … are not appropriate reasons for continuing your education at the graduate level.
Career Services can help you determine if graduate or professional school is the best option to help you achieve your career goals and, if so, which degree to pursue. Stop in to our office to:
- Meet with a counselor to discuss options and resource.
- Pick up information on standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.
- Get your free copy of The Graduate School Guide .
- Review catalogs from select graduate schools
- Have your personal statement reviewed.
If you have already decided a graduate or professional degree is needed to pursue your chosen career, here’s a short checklist to help you organize:
- Identify schools that offer the programs you are considering and gather information about the school and programs through these resources:
The Graduate School Guide (www.graduateguide.com)
- Narrow your list of schools to which you will apply and request catalogs from these schools
- Talk to your academic adviser or department chair… they may have more details about schools and programs or know where alumni have attended.
- Check Grad school websites for on-line applications and deadlines – many if not most are free.
- Prepare your personal statement to use with applications.
- Gather all the documents you will need to apply – transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement, cover letter, etc.
Prepare and register for the appropriate entrance exam:
- Prepare for the entrance exams through review books, a prep course or practice tests offered by:
Kaplan – offers Free Practice Tests for a variety of exams
TestMasters – offers classroom, on-line, & 1on1 courses to prepare for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT
- Register to take the necessary entrance exam(s)
GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test) – may be taken at La Salle’s Student Counseling Center (call 215.951.1355 for info)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)