Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Get the answers to your grad school application questions

APPLICATION PROCESS: We're sharing tips on
how to apply to a graduate program at Peirce.
We recently hosted a graduate admissions seminar at Peirce to help current and prospective students navigate the graduate school application process. For those who weren’t able to make it to the event, I wanted to share some takeaways that might help you if you’re thinking about or are currently applying for admission to a graduate program at Peirce.

Q: What do I need to apply to grad school?

A: To fulfill the application requirements here at Peirce, you’ll need:
  • Completed application and fee
  • Current resume with education and employment
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two completed recommendation forms
  • A professional essay
  • An interview with the Dean of Graduate Studies
  • 2.75 or higher undergraduate or graduate GPA
You can submit your application electronically to Masters@Peirce.edu or in hard copy to the Graduate Studies Admissions Office, Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Q: How should I structure my resume?

A: To apply for graduate school, you should keep your resume between one and two pages. It should include:
  • Statement of objective: This should be your ultimate goal. What do you want to achieve professionally and/or personally by completing a graduate program in your chosen field? Keep your objective short and well-written.
  • Concise summary of qualifications: What makes you qualified for a master’s degree program? Highlight your GPA, related classes, extracurricular activities, and anything else that will make you stand out in the admissions process.
  • Employment in reverse chronological order: Highlight your current or most recent position first with a few bullet points about your duties and responsibilities. Work your way backwards, including all relevant employment information.
  • All completed education: Include any applicable two-year school, undergraduate, and graduate education that you’ve completed, including when you finished and your area of study.
Q: What do you mean by official transcripts? What do I need to provide?

A: At Peirce, we’re looking for the transcripts from all institutions you’ve attended – this includes two-year schools, undergraduate, and graduate. Your transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Peirce. If you earned your bachelor’s degree at Peirce, we have your transcripts and will obtain them during your internal application review.

Q: Who should complete my recommendation forms?

A: Your recommendation forms should be completed by someone in a supervisory capacity. They can be someone who oversaw you in your education, such as a professor or academic advisor, or someone you know through your workplace, such as your boss or a senior colleague.

Q: What should I discuss in the application essay for graduate school?

A: Your essay should cover the following:
  • Professional and personal goals
  • Why completing a graduate degree fits with these goals
  • Your academic and professional preparation
We recommend that you keep your essay between one and two pages, and review your grammar, spelling, punctuation, logic, and coherence before submitting your application.

Q: What will the interview be like?

A: Many graduate schools require an interview with the program manager. Here at Peirce, I conduct interviews with prospective students. We have an easy, one-hour meeting where we’ll discuss:
  • Your motivation for attending graduate school.
  • Your academic qualifications, including your written and verbal communication skills, time management and study skills, and decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Why you’re interested in a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management.
  • If you would need any personal and professional adjustments before starting the program.
I hope this breakdown answered a few of your questions about the admissions process for Peirce’s Organizational Leadership & Management master’s degree program. But if you have more questions, leave them in a comment, and I’m happy to answer.