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The following timetable is a guide to assist students who plan to apply for academic Master’s degree and PhD programs. Because of the range of programs and requirements across the academic spectrum, the information below is a general framework. The process typically begins in the first semester of junior year, or two years prior to application. Students should plan on submitting application materials by the end of first semester senior year, or approximately eight months prior to matriculation.

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Junior Year or Two Years Prior to Matriculating

September - December
  • Schedule an appointment with a Office of Career Strategy adviser.
  • Meet with faculty and your Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss potential programs and letters of recommendation.
  • Begin to prepare for the GRE.
  • Research and develop list of target programs.
January - May
June - August
  • Draft personal statements.
  • Finalize list of target programs, noting application deadlines (most will begin in November).

Senior Year or One Year Prior to Matriculating

  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty.
  • Finalize your personal statements and have them edited by a writing tutor and other readers.
  • Begin submitting applications. Confirm with programs that your application file is complete, including letters of recommendation.
  • Begin exploring sources of financial aid (federal, institutional and private) and obtain and file applications as soon as possible.
  • Have your fall semester transcripts sent to target programs.
February - April
  • Evaluate Letters of acceptance and offers of financial aid.