Graduate School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why should you go to graduate school?
- Money: there is a $2,000,000 difference in life earning between bachelor's degree graduates and doctoral/professional school graduates.
- Necessity: Some career fields require graduate school.
- Advancement: Some career fields require graduate school for career advancement.
What degrees are available?
- Master's: M.S., M.A., M.Ed, M.F.A, M.S.W., M.P.H.
- Doctoral: Ph.D., Ed.D., Pharm.D., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., Psy.D.
- Professional: M.B.A., M.D., J.D., D.D.S. or D.M.D, D.V.M.
- Special programs: Post-baccalaureate, Post-doctoral
How do I choose a graduate program?
Different than choosing an undergraduate institution:
- Focus on the graduate department/program's reputation and not the school's reputation.
Use available resources to narrow options:
US News Graduate School Rankings
How do I apply for graduate school?
Graduate Admissions Tests: MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT
- Pay attention to registration deadlines
- Take practice tests
- Register for prep course if necessary
- Complete early!
- Complete online if possible
- For paper version: write neatly or type
- Deadlines are usually between December and March
- Some schools accept applications year-round, on a rolling basis
- Find faculty and internship supervisors who will write good recommendations
- Pick individuals who have a good opinion of you, knowledge of your work, and familiarity with the discipline that you desire to study in graduate school
- START EARLY: don’t wait until the deadline to ask for recommendations
- Put time and effort into writing a good one
- Follow instructions regarding length, topic, etc.
- No grammar or spelling mistakes
- Be positive
- Show why you are interested in the program
- Show how you will use the program to accomplish career goals following the completion of the program
- Show your relevant experience and commitment to the discipline
- Make sure you send official transcripts
- It is recommended that you visit the campus if possible to explore the program further
- Interviews sometimes make a difference in acceptance
- May be required for art, music, theater, and dance programs
Where is the money?
- Pay your tuition and a small stipend, but require you to work for the university part-time. Can be research, teaching or practice based.
- Grants from foundations and other sources that pay your tuition and a small salary - don't wait to get accepted- apply for these early.
- FREE Money!!! (Not as widely available at the graduate level)
- The federal Stafford student loan maximum is $138,500 (the graduate debt limit includes Stafford Loans received for undergraduate study). See The Student Guide for more information.
Where have Moravian students gone?
Moravian graduates fair well in the admissions process!
Here are some of the schools that graduates go to:
- Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University (Sciences)
- Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University, Bryn Mawr College (Psychology)
- Dickinson College, Widener University (Law)
- Temple University, Princeton University, Northeastern University, La Salle University, University of New Mexico (Various Fields)