Graduate school can seem daunting while you're still working on your undergraduate degree. However, it can also be an excellent next step for Wittenberg graduates who:
- Want to continue learning more in their selected career path,
- Explore a different career path than their undergraduate major,
- Are required to attend graduate school to be licensed in their chosen field,
- Are interested in pursuing a career in research or collegiate teaching.
To help you as you design your dream career, check out the resources below on graduate school applications.
Field Specific Graduate School Guides
- Preparation for Graduate School - Education and MBA
- Preparation for Medical School
- Preparation for Law School
Application Essays or Personal Statements
Most programs require you to answer at least one essay question as part of the application process, and this usually pertains to why you are seeking acceptance (i.e., a statement of purpose). Online advice can be helpful. In general, your statement of purpose will need to prove your interest in and dedication to the program's area of study, and do so in a way that sounds sincere. Admissions committees prefer essays that reflect a familiarity with the faculty's research interest and indicate how your own interests relate to the work being done by select faculty members. Note: If you find yourself "stretching the truth" in order to convey interest about a field of study, you need to evaluate why you are applying in the first place.
Resource - How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Stelzer, 1997)
Graduate School Preparation & Research Resources
- Required Exam Information
GMAT: The Graduate Management Admission Test is a common entrance exam for students hoping to enter Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.
GRE: The Graduate Record Examination is the most widely used graduate school entrance exam. It is common in many graduate programs focusing on education and the humanities.
LSAT: The Law School Admissions Test is the standard exam to take if a student is applying for law school.
MCAT: The Medical College Admission Test is generally required for students who are planning to enter medical school.
- Graduate Program Research Resources
MBA Programs: This resource comes from the creators of the GMAT. It provides various opportunities to explore whether an MBA is right for you and provides assistance in finding the right program.
ELCA Seminaries: For those interested in doing an MDiv or MA program in religion, this is a list of schools that are a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (affiliated with Wittenberg).
GradSchools: This resource provides information on a broad range of graduate schools and programs.
LSAC Law School Directory: The Law School Admissions Council provides a directory on all accredited law schools and data on acceptance rates from previous cohorts.
American Association of Medical Colleges: The AAMC can help students research medical school programs and can assist with selecting a specialization.
- Wittenberg Graduate Programs
Do you still have questions related to graduate school preparation and programs? Schedule a meeting to talk with a Career Services counselor in the COMPASS Sweet Success Center!