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Graduate School

Questions?

Career Center
202-885-1804
Fax: 202-885-1861
careercenter@american.edu
Butler Pavilion, Room 5th Floor

Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fernando, Gihan S
Executive Director-Career Center

Career Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8033-8011

The decision to pursue a master’s degree is critical and complex. Luckily career advisors are available to guide you through the decision-making process. 

Ponder the FAQs and application advice below. Then meet with your career advisor to discuss your graduate school plans in depth.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is it necessary for me to have a master's degree?

It depends on your field; tie to career goals ... suggest resource to determine necessity based on profession

Should I go to grad school right after college or wait a few years?

Give pros and cons

What should I consider when choosing a school or program?

Briefly list factors, e.g. reputation, location, faculty, internship opportunities, part-time versus full-time status, etc. ... mention cost last so that it flows into the next question.

In addition to tuition, what costs should I factor into my budget?

Answer

What funding opportunities can I pursue to pay for graduate school?

Answer

 

Application Advice

In general, you will be required to submit an official application, resume, personal statement and/or essay, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and standardized test scores sent directly from the test center.

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Time Line

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Personal Statement

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Letters of Recommendation

Address how and when to ask for a letter of recommendation

Offer tips for developing relationships with faculty

Stress the importance of circling back and closing the loop with faculty after you apply

Invite visitors to download samples of effective letters

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Standardized Tests

Brief description of GRE and GMAT and links to Kaplan, Princeton Review and test Web sites.

Online Resource Database

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