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Thinking about graduate school? Before you apply, take a closer look at your goals, how graduate school will support those goals, and the best strategies for gaining entrance to the school of your choice.
The Career Center can help, please stop by SAC 2221 and make an appointment with your Career Counselor.
Visit the Career Center Library (SAC 2221) where you will find graduate school guides, testing information, and other helpful resources. In addition, you can check out an excellent unaffiliated website, Exam2jobs, which is dedicated to provide comprehensive exam information for various fields including graduate school, certifications, et cetera.
For many graduate school programs, test scores are an important part of your application:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
There are two types of GRE's:
the General Test and Subject Tests. The GRE General Test is intended to measure critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. The GRE Subject Tests are designed to measure undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study.
The GRE General Test is NOT offered at Gallaudet University. The GRE General Test is available in the Computer Adaptive format at testing centers around the United States (and in paper-based form at other sites around the world).
The GRE Subject Tests are offered twice yearly at Gallaudet University Career Center (and other testing locations). The GRE Subject Test is paper-based and is only required by certain graduate school programs. Be sure to check the graduate school of your choice before taking the test.
To take the GRE (either General or Subject test), you must register and pay in advance either on-line or by mail. Test registration and preparation materials are available at the Gallaudet University Career Center.
For more information contact:
Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000,
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is now offered electronically at Gallaudet University's Career Center. In order to take the exam, you MUST register by contacting Stephanie Walden at 202/651-5240 or via email at Stephanie.Walden@gallaudet.edu. Space is limited to four registrants per testing date; registrations are accepted on a first come, first-serve basis.
The test will take place every second Thursday of each month. Test administration begins at 8:00 a.m. and those who have registered in advance to take the exam should come to the Career Library in the Student Academic Center, Room 2221, at least 10 - 15 minutes prior to the testing start time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
Test Takers should bring the following information on test date:
Two forms of I.D.: A picture I.D. such as a current driver's license or passport and another I.D. with their name written on it exactly the same as it is on the picture I.D.
A check, money order or cash for the $70.00 test fee (Effective September 1, 2013). The check or money order should be made out to Gallaudet University.
Test takers will receive a Preliminary Score Report once they have completed the exam. Pearson (MAT Administration Site) will mail the Official Personal Score Report to selected universities and test takers approximately 3 weeks after the exam has been taken.
For more information on the MAT exam, call 1-800-622-3231 or visit the MAT website, www.MillerAnalogies.com
Is graduate school the next step for you after completing your bachelor's degree at Gallaudet University? This is a very personal decision that requires self-awareness, research, planning, and preparation. The decision to pursue graduate study usually follows from your professional goals. Clarity about your desired career path is needed in order to make good decisions about graduate study - whether to apply, what kind of program to pursue, which institutions to apply to.
Now or Later?
Although many students apply for graduate programs during their senior year and enter immediately after receiving their bachelor's degrees, others choose to gain perspective and financial stability through full time work before entering graduate school. Others may decide to work full or part-time and pursue a graduate degree part-time. Many graduate programs offer courses in the late afternoon, evenings and even on week-ends in order to fit the schedules of working professionals. None the less, you should keep in mind that progress toward an advanced degree will be faster if you decide to enroll in a full-time degree program.
Common Reasons to attend Graduate School
You welcome the intellectual challenge and are intrinsically interested in the subject matter
An advanced degree is helpful or may be required to find employment in your desired field
An advanced degree may help you to do your job more effectively
An advanced degree may lead to advancement in your field or entry into a new field
Word to the wise
Applying to graduate school for vague reasons like "I don't have anything else planned," or "My friends are all heading to grad school" or "Why not hang around Gallaudet University for another year or two?" will probably not motivate you through one to two years of challenging study. If you plan to attend grad school, you must be prepared to work hard. It's a big commitment.
In some respects, you are setting the stage for graduate school application the day you walk on campus as a freshman. Your choices of major, extracurricular commitments, development of work habits, friendships, and knowledge of support resources will all contribute to your readiness to enter graduate school after earning your bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University. Above all, your academic performance and your connection with faculty mentors will determine your readiness to enter graduate school and your competitiveness in the admissions process.
Establishing relationships with Faculty mentors
Gallaudet University faculty can be your greatest resource throughout the graduate school process. Aside from writing letters of recommendation, faculty members can provide keen insight and advice about selecting a graduate school and particular programs. Often professors can offer a unique perspective on various graduate programs in your field of study. If you haven't already developed a relationship with a faculty member who shares your interests by your senior year, it is important that you do so now. You should select a faculty member who you have taken classes with and visit him/her during office hours to discuss various issues including graduate school. Developing a relationship will also be useful when it comes time to request letters of recommendation.
Building on your Strengths
Grades and test scores are important factors in the grad school application process, but they are only one part of the total picture. Aside from basic coursework, begin to pay attention to other aspects and experiences that you have that make you a stronger candidate. These include lab work, volunteer or work experience, awards and honors and extra-curricular activities. As you prepare your application, gather any information and materials that demonstrate these accomplishments including letters of recommendation, writing samples, and a resume, which many schools are now requesting along with your application.
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