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Graduate & Professional School

Students who wish to succeed in their graduate and professional school aspirations can work with career advisers who can assist them with their graduate school goals. A career adviser can assist students to develop an application strategy while helping to improve the quality of application materials, prepare students for onsite interviews, and review essays or letters of recommendation.

Career advisers are often asked, "what's the difference between graduate and professional school," or "what is professional school?"
There is a simple difference; graduate school implies that a student intends to apply to a masters level or PhD program. Professional school is a university that defers degrees required for specific careers and therefore requiring a specific education of licenses, practices, and standards: law, medical, veterinarian, optometry, dentistry, etc.

Graduate & Professional School Services from Career Services

Students may be surprised to know that career advisers play a large role in assisting students through the graduate and professional school process:

  • Assist students with areas of study, or "which degree is right for me?"
  • Develop a search and application plan, including a timeline
  • Review graduate school test prep options
  • Review professional materials: resume, application, personal statement or submission essay
  • Review of how to ask for a letter of recommendation


Graduate & Professional Schools

Links to college and university homepages listed by state

All About Grad School

A comprehensive geographic directory of graduate schools in the U.S. along with test preparation information & recommended books.

Council of Graduate Schools

The only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. A leading online resource for graduate school information containing a comprehensive directory of over 58,000 programs categorized by curriculum and subdivided by geography. Directory of graduate programs in other countries
Peterson's: The Grad Channel Graduate school directory and general preparation for graduate school selection and admissions
US News University Directory Top Graduate Schools and programs for 2016
Online Degree Programs
Online directory of educational programs and degrees


America's Best Graduate Schools Browse U.S. News & World Report exclusive school rankings and find detailed information about 1200+ schools
College and University Rankings The Education & Social Science Library developed rankings for graduate schools in multiple disciplines
Phds Assign importance to graduate program selection criteria and generate customized program rankings.