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Graduate School Planning

Thinking About Graduate School?

Considering going back to school and earning that advanced degree? The decision to further your education is a very important one that requires both financial and personal commitments.

No graduate student is the same. Individuals decide to enter graduate school for many reasons. These reasons vary from wanting to increase income, expanding professional responsibilities, or changing careers. Others are simply curious about new knowledge and exploring a field of study that is both fascinating and challenging.

Whatever your current situation, ask yourself. Do my career goals demand further education? Will earning an advanced degree open new career opportunities for me? What will another degree cost me in tuition, temporary loss of income, and loss of time with family, friends and hobbies? For assistance in finding answers to these questions and for more information about graduate school, visit the links below. To schedule an appointment for more personalized assistance, call 665-6262 to meet with a career counselor.

General Grad School Info

Graduate School (PDF)
College Source
Grad Schools
Peterson’s Education Portal
The Princeton Review
US News & World Report: Graduate Schools
Alabama Connection
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 (M.A.) – English
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.) – Speech-Language Pathology
Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Counseling
Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Pre-K to 12 Education
Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Secondary Education
Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Instructional Leadership
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) – 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
N.E. Assoc. of Advisors for Health Professions
Interview Questions and Feedback
US Nursing Schools

Law Schools

Samford University’s 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 Information –

Most general graduate schools require the General Test and many require the Subject Test.

Contact: Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
E-mail address: (Include your complete mailing address and telephone number in message)

GMAT Information

The GMAT is required for most students seeking an MBA degree from a graduate school of management.

TEST DATES: The GMAT is now administered on computer only. It is offered throughout the year at hundreds of sites.

Contact: Graduate Management Admission Council, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103. Phone: 609-771-7330. FAX: 609-883-4349.


LSAT Information

The Law School Admission Test is a standardized test required for admission to all 194 LSAC-member law schools.

Contact: Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940-0998.

Miller Analogies Test

The MAT is a mental ability test that requires the solution of a series of problems stated in the form of analogies.

Contact: The Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Assessment, Miller Analogies Test, Customer Relations, 19500 Bulverde Road, San Antonia, Texas 78259. (800) 622-3231 or (210) 339-8710. Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00 pm Central Time. Fax (888) 211-8276.


Local MAT Test Sites

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

Local Testing Services

Test Preparation

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Alabama Kaplan Center, 500 Office Park Drive, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama 35223. Manager: Sarah Beth Averitt. (205) 879-1307.

Computer-Based Testing

Prometric Testing Center, New Horizon of Birmingham, 601 West Beacon Parkway, Suite 106, Birmingham, Alabama 35209. (205)263-5061.

Appointments are made based on the availability of 14 testing stations. Arrive 30 minutes early. Cost $115. Testing is available every day, except Sundays and holidays. Test time 4 hours. The Prometric Testing Center-Sylvan Center is open M-F, 7am – 7pm, Saturday, 9am – 6pm. Recommended scheduling 1 to 1 1/2 months in advance.

Graduate School Test Prep

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