Navigating the Grad School Application (Virtual Series)

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Graduate School Application Workshop Series 

The Graduate School Office of Student Affairs is hosting a fall workshop series, "Navigating the Graduate School Application Process," from Oct 30 - Dec 6. These workshop sessions cover diverse topics to help prospective graduate students prepare competitive applications.

Panels of faculty, administrators, and students will share strategies and insights to help you successfully navigate the graduate school application process (what admissions committees are looking for, how to write a compelling statement of purpose, securing strong letters of recommendation, interview tips, and more). 

Who Can Attend?

Undergraduate students and recent college graduates interested in pursuing a master’s or Ph.D., but not sure where or how to start, and students who would like support in navigating the graduate school application process. 

Workshop Session Descriptions

Register for selected workshops or join them all. Dates and topics are listed below. After registration, you'll receive a Zoom link for the event. 

student researching graduate schools


Mon Oct 30, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., ET | Mastering the Graduate School Selection and Application Process

REGISTER HERE (Mon Oct 30)  →

Join us to explore strategies to align your academic and career goals with graduate programs. We'll offer strategies for researching and evaluating graduate programs to find the ideal fit. Learn how to connect with program faculty, decode department culture, and craft a distinctive application. Learn how to craft a statement of purpose (statement of academic goals and interests) vs. a personal statement and secure strong letters of recommendation. Discover what graduate programs look for in an ideal candidate. As a bonus, we'll provide you with a template to help streamline your graduate school research process. 

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Mon Oct 30, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., ET | Next Steps Grad School Information Panel (Hosted by Sociology Dept & Grad School)

REGISTER HERE (Mon Oct 30)  →

Would you like to attend graduate school? Do you need more information about the graduate school application process? Let us help you get to your next step! Join this session hosted by the Dept of Sociology and the Graduate School to learn more. All are invited to attend! We'll cover aspects of the graduate school application process that you should keep in mind as you work on your application. 

student writing statement of purpose


Wed Nov 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., EST | Statement Writing Workshop: The Structure of a Compelling Statement

REGISTER HERE (Wed Nov 1)  →

Your statement of purpose is an opportunity to show the graduate admissions committee who you are, your interest in a graduate program, and how your professional goals and research interests align with the program.  In this hands-on workshop, we'll share strategies for developing a well-written, compelling statement of purpose (statement of academic interest and goals) and personal statement for graduate school that stands out to admissions committees and clearly articulates why you’re a good fit for your chosen graduate program. Ready to write? We're here to help guide you and offer feedback.

Washington, DC


Thu Nov 2, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., EST | Navigating the Graduate School Application Process Abroad: Guidance for International Students

REGISTER HERE (Thu Nov 2)  →

If you're an international student seeking to attend a graduate program abroad, the application process can be intricate. Don't navigate it alone.  Join us for this information session, where we'll provide insights into the university's I-20 process, visa requirements, including the statement of financial resources, and foreign transcript evaluation requirements. This is your opportunity to set the stage for a successful journey through graduate studies. We welcome you to attend.

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Mon Nov 6, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., EST | GRE Prep Workshop: Master the GRE with Confidence

REGISTER HERE (Mon Nov 6)  →

Are you ready to master the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)? Join us for an intensive GRE preparation workshop where we'll share effective strategies and valuable resources for GRE success. For those aiming for graduate programs requiring the GRE, the test is just one piece of the admissions puzzle. During this session, we'll guide you through the GRE's content and structure, providing you with the confidence to navigate it successfully. We'll also provide information on the GRE fee waiver process. Whether you're new to the GRE or looking to enhance your score, this session is tailored for you.

Resume development


Mon Nov 13, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., EST | Craft a Standout CV/Resume: Showcase Your Research and Professional Journey

REGISTER HERE (Mon Nov 13)  →

Join us for this session to learn how to craft a CV or resume that effectively emphasizes your research and professional experiences, helping ensure your CV or resume tells the story of your potential contributions to your chosen graduate program.  If you're a junior or senior in college, we'll provide guidance on how to leverage research opportunities and professional experiences, including internships, to enhance your prospects as you prepare for graduate school.

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Mon Nov 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., EST | Paying for Graduate School: Exploring Sources of Funding for School

REGISTER HERE (Mon Nov 20)  →

Discover how to make graduate school more affordable. Our workshop will explore the possibilities of various funding sources, including how to search for internal and external fellowships, assistantship opportunities, grants, scholarships, and more. In this session, you'll have the chance to gain firsthand insights and resources from the Graduate School and University financial aid administrators, equipping you to navigate the financial aspects of your graduate studies. Don't miss out on this valuable information session.

student in zoom interview


Tue Nov 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., EST | Acing the Graduate School Interview (or Recruiting Visit)

REGISTER HERE (Tue Nov 21)  →

Are you ready to make a memorable impression during graduate program interviews and recruiting visits? Graduate programs may invite you to interview with faculty or to a recruiting visit. These interactions offer a closer look at your compatibility with potential graduate programs. Join us for this informative session, where you’ll gain the skills to craft a concise self-introduction, anticipate and prepare for common questions, and navigate what to ask (and what to avoid) in these important interactions. Don’t miss the opportunity to shine in the interview or recruiting visit.

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Wed Dec 6, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., EST | Transition to Graduate School: 7 Habits of a Highly Successful Graduate Student

REGISTER HERE (Wed Dec 6)  →

Join us for this information session on making a successful transition to graduate school. In this session, you'll gain valuable insights into navigating the challenges of graduate school and discover the crucial role of mentorship relationships in graduate school. During this session, our graduate panelists will share their personal journeys through graduate school and share strategies for success, including how to set realistic expectations and maximize your productivity during your graduate studies. Register now to secure your spot!

Writing academy professional development participants


Thu Dec 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., EST | Cultivating Your Professional Brand in School

REGISTER HERE (Thu Dec 7)  →

Join us for a session featuring Howard graduate alumni who will share their personal journeys from graduate school to their professional careers. During this session, our panelists will provide invaluable guidance on developing your professional brand identity, whether in the digital realm or the real world. Learn how to leverage social media, networking, and other opportunities to enhance your career prospects, and learn how to strategically connect with individuals within and beyond your field.