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Graduate School

Coleman College Counseling provides graduate school admissions counseling to students seeking admission to all types of graduate programs. Whether it’s in-person, FaceTime, or phone conversations, I work with students from across the United States.

Based upon our initial consultation, I will work with you to design an appropriate package of services. Some graduate school applicants need assistance with the entire graduate school admissions process — from school selection to deciding which program to attend. Others just need help with the Statement of Purpose for graduate school admission, interview prep, application review, etc. Graduate services are designed on a case by case basis typically utilizing an unlimited monthly fee.

It's important to know that applying to graduate school is a different process than applying to college. Your application is not read by anonymous admissions reps but by department faculty. The factors you weigh in choosing your program differ, and financing your graduate education will be different as well.  It’s important to research programs that fit into your work and social life as well as your overall goals.  Together we will develop a plan and strategies that includes and answers…

Step 1: An overview of the application process and trends in graduate school. What is graduate school? What do you need to get in? Who evaluates your application?

Step 2: Self- Reflection and Assessment - Why do you feel that you are a good candidate for graduate school? What are your academic interests and long-term goals? What kind of degree are you considering? What are your career options and paths? If you are considering a PhD, what are to odds of landing a tenure-track position? What are employment trends?

Step 4: Masters or PhD? Which path is better suited to your academic and career goals? What is the time commitment?

Masters – Coursework or research option? Online? One year (accelerated) or two? Full- or part-time? Masters programs nearly always offer some sort of option and you will have to choose from them.

PhD – Timelines and milestones. Research and evaluate programs

Step 5: Contacting Programs

Connecting with faculty and/or department chairs is an important part of the process and integral for a PhD applicant.

Step 6: Choosing programs

What specific programs and schools should be on your list? How many?

Step 7: Letters

Who should write them and when?

Step 8: CV/Resume

Most often you will need a clear, concise resume or CV…Should you write one? What should be the content?

Step 9: Statement of Purpose

How should you write one? How should it be structured?  What should it address?

Step 10: Personal Statement

Used by the committee to supplement the Statement of Purpose and to learn more about you as a person.

Step 11: Financial Aid

How will I pay for my education?  What choices are available and which one would be right for me?

Step 12: Decisions

If you are accepted to more than one program, how will you decide?  Which factors are important and a priority in your decision-making?