Before you Apply
|Making the decision to attend graduate school is a big undertaking. And, once you have decided to pursue a graduate degree, you want to find the right program and university for you.
Identify your Program
Identify your program of study and deadlines for your program. You may apply to more than one program but will need to complete a separate application for each program.
If you have a BA and wish to study on a non-degree basis without necessarily concentrating in a single department, you can apply as a graduate special student. If you are accepted as a special student, you must check with the department offering the courses desired to ensure that all prerequisites have been met, and obtain the instructor's permission.
Request Official Transcripts
Request official transcript(s) from institutions you've attended, including Gallaudet. Your institution(s) should send original, official transcripts, showing your degree awarded, to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Request Official Test Scores
You must request your official test scores. When you take the GRE and TOEFL, you will be asked whether you want your scores sent to any schools. Use institution code R5240 to send scores to Gallaudet.
For more information on standardized tests, check out the GRE and MAT websites. In addition, the MAT is offered here on campus. It is offered every second Thursday of each month in the Career Library at 8:00 am. The 202-651-5240 is the correct number to call for information on the MAT. The GRE is also administered thru the Career Center. It is offered every six months.
Contact your Recommenders
Most programs require three letters of recommendation. Be sure and contact your recommenders in advance to let them know that you will be asking for a letter of recommendation from them. You should also inform your recommenders to write recommendations specific to the program to which you are applying.
Letters of recommendation must be sent from the writer her/himself and must be sent from a verifiable email address: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Emails from Yahoo, Comcast, gmail, and other service providers which allow anyone to create an account under any name are not acceptable. If your writer does not have an acceptable email account, his/her letter should be mailed directly to Graduate Admissions.
Prepare your Goal Statement
Most programs require a goal statement. The goal statement should convince readers- the faculty on the selection committee- that you have solid achievements behind you that show promise for your success in graduate study. It might be helpful to think of the goal statement as a composition with four different parts:
Part 1: Introduce yourself, your interests and motivations
Part 2: Summarize your undergraduate and previous graduate career
Part 3: Discuss the relevance of your recent and current activities
Part 4: Elaborate on your academic interests