Application Materials

Most graduate and professional schools require test scores for admission. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General and Subject tests are required by many academic programs (Masters and Doctoral degrees). MBA programs usually require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The LSAT is required for law school, the MCAT for medical school, the DAT for dentistry school, the OAT for optometry school and the TOEFL English proficiency test for international students.

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Personal Statement or Essay

Many programs require some sort of written statement as part of the application. The terminology differs, but may include statement of purpose, personal statement, letter of intent, or personal narrative. Before you begin to write, make a list of points you would like to cover in the statement. Learn more in the Personal Essay Career Tipsheet.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required for almost every graduate school application and are a very important part of the application process. Usually grades and test scores factor in most heavily, however, your letters of recommendation could be the deciding factor in the admission process.

The best letter writers are those that know you well and can provide an evaluation of your ability to perform and succeed at the graduate level. Faculty and supervisors of your internships and jobs, preferably in related fields, are the most appropriate.