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Graduate School Planning

Graduate School Preparation

Considering going back to school to earn an advanced degree? The decision to further your education is a very important one that requires research and planning. It also requires major financial and personal commitments. Should you go to graduate school? Is graduate school right for you?

Begin by examining your motivations. Why do you want to go to graduate school? Is it for the right reasons? How focused are you on your career? How genuinely interested are you in this field? Will graduate school assist you in achieving your career goals? Is a graduate degree a good investment for you?

Evaluate your situation. Determine your career and life goals. Decide what work you want to do and how you’d like to spend your life. What kind of work do you hope to do? What type of career or vocation do you want for yourself? What will you specialize in?

Overview of Graduate School Application Process
Graduate School Preparation Resources
Medical School Interview Questions
Graduate School Tests

Types of Degrees

After you have completed your undergraduate or Bachelor Degree program, you might consider continuing your education to obtain an advanced degree. Perhaps you are considering the possibility (or feasibility) of attending graduate or professional school in an attempt to get your Master or Doctoral Degree.

MASTER | Professional Track
A professional degree program helps you develop skills necessary for a career in a specific type of work: medicine, law, pharmacy, engineering, journalism, nursing, social work, counseling, business.

MASTER | Graduate Track
A graduate degree program helps you develop skills and conduct research in a broad academic area: English, history, political science, foreign languages, the arts, math, education, and the sciences.

Among the most popular advanced degrees are:

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
EdD (Doctor of Education)
PsyD (Doctor of Psychology)
JD (Juris Doctorate)
MS (Master of Science)
MA (Master of Arts)
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
MEd (Master of Education)
MN (Master of Nursing)
MSW (Master of Social Work)

Overview of Graduate School Application Process
Graduate School Preparation Resources
Medical School Interview Questions
Graduate School Tests

General Grad School Information

College Source
Grad Schools
Peterson’s Education Portal
The Princeton Review
US News & World Report | Graduate Schools
US Graduate School Programs
Accredited College Search Tool
College Accredited Guidebook
Federal Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service

Financial Aid

Fast Web | Monster
US News and World Report
Study Abroad Fellowships
Minority Financial Aid

Application Essays

Grad School Sample Essays
Essay Writing Tips

UM Graduate Programs

Master of Arts (MA) – English
Master of Science (MS) – Speech-Language Pathology
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Education (MEd) – Counseling
Master of Education (MEd) – Pre-K to 12 Education
Master of Education (MEd) – Secondary Education
Master of Education (MEd) – Instructional Leadership
Educational Specialist (EdS) – Instructional Technology

Health-Related Professions

Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of American Veterinary Colleges
American Dental Association
Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry
American Academy of Optometry
Nursing | Health
NE Assoc. of Advisors for Health Professions
Interview Questions and Feedback
US Nursing Schools

Law Schools

Samford University | Cumberland School of Law
University of Alabama | School of Law
Peterson’s Education Portal
Law School Search
Law School Admission Council
Donahue & Grolman Virtual Law Office
US Law Schools

Graduate School Test Information

GRE | General Records Exam
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
E-mail address: gre-info@ets.org
Website: www.ets.org/gre

GMAT | Graduate Management Admissions Test
Graduate Management Admission Council
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103
Phone: 609-771-7330
Email: gmat@ets.org
Website: www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx

LSAT | Law School Admission Test 
Law School Admission Council
Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998
Website: www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/about-the-LSAT.asp

MAT | Miller Analogy Test
Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Assessment
19500 Bulverde Road, San Antonia, Texas 78259
(800) 622-3231 | (210) 339-8710
Email: scoring.services@harcourt.com
Website: www.milleranalogies.com

Local Testing and Test Prep Locations

MAT Test Sites | Local:
Birmingham-Southern College 205-226-4846
University of Alabama at Birmingham 205-934-5503
University of Montevallo 205-665-6350
University of Alabama 205-348-6760

General Test Prep Sites | Local:
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Alabama Kaplan Center,
500 Office Park Drive, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama 35223.
Manager: Sarah Beth Averitt.
(205) 879-1307. Sarabeth.averitt@kaplan.com.

Computer-Based Testing | Local:
Prometric Testing Center, Sylvan Learning Centers, New Horizon
601 West Beacon Parkway, Suite 106, Birmingham, Alabama 35209.
(205) 263-5061.

Graduate School Test Prep Information

In-House Resources
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Study Guide Zone
Educational Testing Service
Graduate Record Examination
How to Study for the GRE
Graduate Management Admission Test
Medical College Admission Test
Law School Admission Test
Pharmacy College Admission Test
Best GRE Prep Courses
Free GRE Prep Resources
Free GMAT Prep Resources