Requirements for Graduate School Acceptance

Many graduate or professional schools will have similar general requirements for admission, but check with each school to ensure that you are providing all the information necessary to complete your application. Some of the most common factors that influence graduate school admissions decisions include:

  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) for any higher education institutions attended (grades, major average, overall average, average in the last two years, completion of applicable courses)
  • Standardized test scores
  • Completion of a well-written personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Work experience and maturity (required for some MBA programs)
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • State residence preference for some state schools
  • Interview (required for some programs such as medical school)
  • Resume (most graduate programs require a resume)
  • Curriculum Vitae (Doctoral and educational-based programs)

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