What are graduate schools looking for?

The inside scoop on what grad schools are looking for in applicants.

Ah, the question every student asks as they consider attending graduate school. What exactly are programs looking for? What do they want to see I’ve done? How can I make myself a competitive applicant? The truth of the matter is: graduate school is all about fit.

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Financial Planning for Graduate School

Denison’s Financial Wellness Coordinator, Sam Smith, discusses financial planning for grad school.

Although not necessary for many professions, a graduate degree may be the crucial factor in landing a desirable entry-level position for those first entering the job market. Finding the right program requires a substantial investment of time and effort in researching schools and programs and determining interests and career goals.

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10 Questions You Should Be Asking Graduate Schools Now

Ten questions you should be finding answers to while researching grad schools and programs.

During the graduate school research and application process, it can be easy to forget that YOU are selecting a program as much as THEY are selecting you. Many students will half-jokingly say “I’ll go anywhere, literally anywhere that admits me”. Listen, I get it, the admissions process can be time consuming and emotionally draining.

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Denison Grads in Grad School: PhD in Computer Science

Andrew Read-McFarland

Andrew Read-McFarland

Denison Graduation Year:  Class of 2017
Denison Majors:  Computer Science; Math
Graduate Degree Type:  PhD in Computer Science from University of Rochester, Class of 2022
Contact Me: readmc_a1@denison.edu


Describe the process you went through while selecting your graduate school and career pathway: what impacted your decision?

I had opportunities to engage in research while I was at Denison, and I loved doing it, so it seemed natural to go pursue a PhD.

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Graduate School Terminology: What do all these words mean?

What do all these words even mean?

Few activities will give you impostor syndrome as quickly as the graduate school research and application process. Academia, especially at high levels, throws around terms, slang, and acronyms like it’s no one’s business. But, no fear, I am here to define some of the most common and potentially baffling graduate school terms!

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Considering the at-home GRE? What you need to know!

Are you thinking about taking the at-home GRE? If so, here are 5 things to consider!

For many Denisonians, attending graduate school is an eventual goal. Whether that goal is something you plan to seek within this year, or the next few years, now is a great time to consider your GRE prep (as scores are valid for five years)!

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Denison Grads in Grad School: Master of Science in International Development

Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein

Denison Graduation Year:  Class of 2018
Denison Majors:  Political Science; English (writing)
Graduate Degree Type:  Master of Science in International Development from The London School of Economics, Class of 2019
Contact Me:  rachelepstein36@gmail.com


Describe the process you went through while selecting your graduate school and career pathway: what impacted your decision?

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Dear Class of 2020

To all graduating seniors looking for career opportunities, be patient, and focus on learning. As a member of the Class of 2008, the economic climate post-graduation was depressed with the real estate and financial sector contributing to most of the decline. International trade, as well as the auto industry, were also shocked into submission. I mention this economic crisis, not to compare it to our current economic climate, but instead, to say that this is not a unique time to find a job (although certainly a very unique time to live).

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Denisonians in Health Professions: Medical Dietetics

Name:  Jennifer McCann
Denison Graduation Year:  Class of 2014
Denison Major:  Psychology
Graduate Degree Type:  Master of Science in Coordinated Medical Dietetics, from The Ohio State University, Class of 2019
Contact Me:  mccann.3210@gmail.com


Describe the process you went through while selecting your graduate or professional school pathway: what impacted your decision?

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Denison Grads in Grad School: Master of Fine Art

Lindsay Martin

Denison Graduation Year:  Class of 2013
Denison Majors:  Studio Art; English (Creative Writing)
Graduate Degree Type:  Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Oregon College of Art & Craft, Class of 2019
Contact Me:  lindsaymartingrys@gmail.com


Describe the process you went through while selecting your graduate school and career pathway: what impacted your decision?

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