Timetable for Applying to Graduate School

Applying to graduate school does not have to be an ordeal but it is a process that takes planning, work, initiative, and determination. Remember to time yourself and keep the deadlines.


Spring and summer semesters of your Junior year

  • research graduate programs, through rankings, visits, email, or the web
  • determine test requirements and application deadlines for each school
  • write to the graduate admissions director and/or to faculty in your area/s of interest
  • talk to your faculty advisor about your findings, ask for guidance
  • talk to professionals about career choices, requirements
  • request application materials from programs or download them from the web
  • study for the GRE and take it. This will allow you time to retake it later if you need to

September of your Senior year

  • research financial aid assistance and request application packets
  • sign up for the GRE if you need to retake it
  • write a draft of your statement of purpose and show it to your faculty advisor
  • update your resume and contact your recommenders

October of your Senior year

  • start talking to graduate students who are in the programs that you are interested in
  • start to finalize your choice of schools
  • request recommendations from faculty members

November -December of your Senior Year

  • order official transcripts from Registrar's office (make sure that they will include your Fall semester grades)
  • complete on your personal statement and all applications materials. Upload them online or mail them before December 15. It is better to complete your application early
  • apply to 3-7 programs (2-3 "sure and easy", 2-3 "realistic", and 2-3 "dream"). Cost may be a factor: most schools charge between $35-$85 to apply.
  • contact recommenders to be sure that they have mailed their recommendation and thank them

January of your Senior year

  • contact schools to ensure that all application material arrived by the deadline
  • prepare and file a copy of your federal income tax return 

February -- April of your Senior year

  • make campus visits or accept scheduled interviews
  • discuss acceptances, rejections with your faculty advisor and other UTM faculty
  • let your undergraduate faculty advisor and History Department chair know where you have been accepted and where you are planning to go
  • notify graduate schools of your intentions
  • have final transcript sent with indication of your graduation
  • pay your graduate school deposit when required



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