Graduate School Resources

  • Setting The Stage

    Although Dean College is an institution devoted to providing Bachelor’s and Associate degrees to its student body, it does not offer graduate degrees. Before graduating from Dean and considering graduate school as an option, you may want to ask yourself why you would like to continue your education. If your goal is to advance in a specific career field that requires continued education, then graduate school may be for you. However, most employers are seeking out candidates with experience.

    Ask yourself the following question: Do I have the job experience now that could land me my dream job in the future? If the answer is no, then you may want to get a couple years of experience in the workforce before heading to graduate school. Each individual is different, so speak with your career counselor before making any decisions.

    Make a Plan

    Build a personal timeline to decide when you'll begin graduate school.

    Junior Year

    • Research graduate schools and programs. See our Research, Research, Research section below. In addition, talk to professionals in the field, the Career Planning & Internships office, your advisor and professors for tips and ideas.
    • Determine application deadlines. Most are between December and March but make sure you know what your deadlines will be. 
    • Explore financial aid resources, loans, grants and graduate assistantships. Some programs will offer scholarships and other opportunities to reduce or eliminate costs.
    • Register for the appropriate admissions exam. See Information on testing for more information

    Senior Year

    • Narrow down your graduate school programs. Verify all deadlines and build a personal calendar working backwards from the application deadline date.
    • Repeat the admissions exam if needed.
    • Request official transcripts from the registrar's office of each college you've attended.
    • Ask for letters of recommendation early and provide them with strict deadlines.
    • Write your entrance essay (statement of purpose) early and have multiple people review it.
    • Submit your applications well before the deadlines.
    • Apply for assistantships, fellowships, and loans early so you understand your expenses.
    • Accept or decline admissions offers as appropriate.

    Research, Research, Research

    These guides will allow you to research graduate school programs.

    • Grad Profiles.com. In depth graduate and professional school profiles.
    • Grad Schools.com. Search over 60,000 master degree, doctorate / doctoral degree, PhD degree and graduate certificate programs.
    • GraduateGuide. Directory of graduate schools in the United States and Canada.
    • GraduateSchool4U. Free graduate school advice and tips.
    • Grad Schools.com--Fellowships. One method of potentially financing your graduate degree.
    • My Plan. Helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers.
    • The Peterson's Guides. Tools for finding a graduate program, contacting admissions officials, navigating entrance tests, and financing your education.
    • Princeton Review.  Is an excellent resource for graduate school research.
    • US News & World Report. More than 1,500 schools are ranked and included in this directory of graduate level programs.

    Information on Testing 

    Once you're focused on a program, you'll need to understand the appropriate entrance exam. 

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