Graduate School Advising

As nearly two thirds of College of Arts & Sciences students pursue some form of postgraduate study (master's degrees, law, medicine and doctorates), the CAS Career Development office is actively engaged in preparing students to be competitive candidates for graduate school admission. Students receive advisement on program selection and career paths, as well as guidance during the application and interview process. Students also receive input on how and when to begin preparing for standardized tests and on how to prepare an entrance essay.

Sample Graduate Schools Attended by Quinnipiac College of Arts & Sciences Alumni

Yale University Boston College
Cornell University The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dartmouth College Emory University
Columbia University Georgetown University
University of Michigan Rutgers University
New York University University of Connecticut
The University of Chicago

 

Sample Programs Attended by Quinnipiac College of Arts & Sciences Alumni
(Program rankings from U.S. News & World Report)

Top 1 Art School Top 15 and 50 Medical Schools
Top 3 and 15 Criminal Justice Programs Top 25 and 50 Law Schools
Top 5 Education Programs Top 30 Clinical Psychology Programs
Top 5, 10, and 25 Social Work Programs Top 50 Chemistry and Pharmact Programs
Top 5 and 10 History Programs Top 5 Nursing Programs
Top 5 and 10 Public Health Programs

 

Preparing for Graduate School or Professional School
The best ways to prepare for graduate or professional school are to take any required undergraduate courses, do well in your classes, study for the entrance exams and reflect deeply on why you want to continue on to graduate or professional school. In addition to any specific prerequisites or desired qualifications (see below for more information), admissions committees will pay attention to your undergraduate GPA, especially in your major; your entrance exam test score; letters of recommendation; and your personal statement, which should be focused, clear and thoughtful.

Structured preparation for the entrance exams is strongly recommended and Kaplan, The Princeton Review and other programs offer preparation courses and materials. Information about the exams and preparation materials is also available through the organizations that administer the exams: DAT (dental school), GMAT (business school), GRE (graduate school), GRE Subject Tests (some graduate programs), LSAT (law school), MCAT (medical school) and OAT (optometry school). For information on when to take these entrance exams, see below:

Field-Specific Requirements and Tips
In regard to field-specific requirements and tips for graduate and professional school admissions, professional associations and student national honor societies provide insightful information. Below are some of the links available for programs that Quinnipiac alumni have attended.

Biochemistry
Biology
Business administration
Chemistry
Clinical psychology
Computer science
Counseling
Criminal justice
Dentistry
Drama
Economics
Education
English
English as a second language
Forensic science
Gerontology
Higher education administration
History
Industrial and organizational psychology
International relations
Journalism
Landscape architecture
Law
Library science
Marriage and family therapy
Mathematics
Medicine
Music
Naturopathic medicine
Pharmacy
Psychiatric nursing
Psychology
Public administration and public policy
Public health
School psychology
Social work
Sociology
Speech and language pathology
Student affairs
Town/city planning
Visual arts

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