Graduate School Checklist

Planning to apply to Graduate/Professional School? Start early! Presented below is a suggested timetable that you may find helpful when considering graduate school for the upcoming fall semester. This timetable may vary depending on application deadlines for different graduate programs. Check for specific application deadlines on the websites of each graduate school of interest. Peterson’s Graduate Program Guide and other graduate school resources are available online. When e-mailing graduate institutions, be certain to address your correspondence to the graduate admissions office.

May (of your Junior Year)

  • Begin researching potential schools. If appropriate, take a practice test (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.).


  • Continue to research areas of interest, institutions and programs.
  • Talk to advisers and faculty for advice.
  • Contact graduate schools directly for information about specific programs and check on each school’s website.
  • Investigate assistantship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities, including support for specific student populations (e.g., veterans, under-represented populations, etc.) as appropriate.
  • Determine if there are any special admission requirements (e.g., portfolios, auditions, prior professional work experience, etc.).
  • Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admission tests, if required.
  • For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, law school, etc., you may need to register for the national centralized application service most programs use.
  • Take required graduate admission tests.
  • If you plan to attend Law School, check out the programs sponsored by the Pre-Law Center at Miami Oxford.
  • If you plan to attend Medical School or other healthcare graduate programs, connect with the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education in Miami Oxford.


  • Visit institutions of interest, if possible.
  • Take or retake graduate admission tests, if necessary.
  • Check on application deadlines for specific assistantship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
  • Request letters of recommendation, as necessary.
  • Write application essay or statement of professional goals, if required.
  • Budget for nonrefundable application fees.


  • Take or retake graduate admission tests, if necessary.
  • Work on completing application forms.
  • Submit online application forms for schools of your choice (application deadlines vary; check with individual schools). Remember, earlier is usually better.
  • Keep copies of everything you send or submit online.


  • Submit online application forms for schools of your choice, if not already done.
  • Check with all institutions before the application deadline to make sure your file is complete.
  • Submit the free application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA.
  • Prepare for campus interviews if required.
  • Be sure to follow up with thank-you notes after interviews.
  • Notify other graduate schools of your choice once accepted.


  • Make arrangements for housing.
  • Plan to attend the appropriate fall orientation programs for new graduate students.