How do I apply?
Applications can have many pieces to keep track of, so it's important to be organized and make sure that you are submitting a complete application that follows a program's requirements! Typically, applications will consist of:
- Transcripts from all schools attended
- Check to see if an official transcript is required. If so, make sure you order these early!
- GRE and/or TOEFL scores
- Reference letters, usually at least 2
- Make sure to give your references lots of time to complete a letter and instructions on where/how to submit
- Some letters are submitted online, others require mail delivery
- Curriculum vitae, or a structured form which lists your activities and experience
- Be sure to include the most relevant experiences at the top!
- Try to avoid including high school experiences (unless extremely relevant)
- Personal essay and/or statement of intent
- There are lots of writing resources online, such as Purdue University's writing lab
- Take advantage of any resources at your school if you can!
- Application fee
- Do you need to get a money order from the bank?
If you're applying to more than one program, make a spreadsheet or some other form of a checklist to help you stay organized. Breaking down the application pieces and setting deadlines can help make it feel less daunting.
Applications can be due as early as December for entry the following Fall! Give yourself plenty of time to finish an application and allot some time for proofreading (send it to your friends, mentors, supervisors, etc.). If you have to mail in your application, make sure you account for holiday delivery standards.