Preparing for Graduate School
The following steps will help you begin the process of preparing for Graduate School. Good luck.
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Take Challenging Courses in an Area of Interest
Participate in Internships
Research Schools and Programs
What about funding?
There are many sources of financial support for graduate study. Graduate programs often (but not always) pay for a student's tuition, fees, professional memberships, and travel to professional meetings. Make sure you understand what will and will not be covered by the graduate institution. The basic forms of financial support for graduate students are fellowships, assistantships, tuition remission, and health insurance. Loans and external fellowships are also available.
Fellowships are very competitive but are also very prestigious. They do not require service, such as teaching, in return for funding, but some external fellowships may have payback requirements. Fellowships can be externally funded or funded by your institution. Graduate students often have assistantships in their graduate program or department. These appointments offer opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects during their graduate study.
To find out more about UCF financial assistance opportunities, visit Funding. For student loans and other funding sources, you should also visit the Office of Student Financial Assistantance site at finaid.ucf.edu.
Prepare for the GRE or GMAT
Prepare to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the General Management Admission Test (GMAT) by taking practice tests until you feel comfortable with the content, instructions, and item formats and until you believe you can score up to your ability. Visit www.gre.org or www.mba.com.
The Division of Continuing Education at UCF also helps students prepare for these important tests through various workshops and programs. Visit www.testprep.ucf.edu or call 407-882-TEST for more information.
Apply to Graduate School