Applying to Grad School?

Eller PDC Coach's Corner

By Matt Lehrer, Eller Career Coach


What are the basic steps and what’s the timeline?  The single best piece of advice I can give is do everything early!  You will find that the time passes incredibly quickly.  Deadlines can sneak up on you.

Believe it or not, it is best to start a full year in advance.  You need plenty of time to gather information on the various programs in your area of interest and to evaluate them.  Each school has it’s own very specific timeline (which is usually on its website).

What should you be thinking about?

Talk to experts in the field, your professors and alumni of the schools to which you might apply.  Do your research!

Get the applications now!  Apply to enough schools so that you will have options come acceptane time.  Include one “safe” school and one “stretch.”

GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT?  Now is the time to gather information about schedules and test prep.

Now is the time to build quality relationships with your professors — doing so might help you to get a positive recommendation.  Perhaps be an assistant to one of your professors during your senior year?

Why not begin drafting your personal statement now?

The majority of high quality MBA programs require a minimum of 3 years of professional level experience before an applicant will be considered.

If you need help with any aspect of this process, please make an appointment with the Professional Development Center!