Graduate School Resources

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After completing undergraduate studies, a student may wish to obtain a higher degree of education than a bachelor’s degree. Before committing to graduate school, a student should carefully consider a number of questions

  • What are my goals?
  • Is graduate study necessary to attain those goals?
  • Am I simply delaying my career decision-making?

Visit the Miami University Graduate School for helpful resources and to learn more about the many graduate programs available at Miami.

Researching Programs

Application procedures and deadlines can vary by institution. Generally, you will start the entire process one and a half years before you wish to enroll.

Once you have identified an area of study, create a list of schools.

Things to Consider

There are many sites on the Internet to get you started
Get the scoop on graduate departments and programs that are on your list.
Every detail about grad schools, financial aid, and loans.
Why are you going to grad school? How do I get in? Where can I find financial support? Find all of these answers and more!
Gain insight into everything about grad school.
Take a comprehensive look at specific programs, rankings, test preparation and graduate school expectations.

Selecting a School

Not all schools will offer programs in the discipline in your area of interest. It sounds obvious, but figuring this out will automatically shorten your list of possible schools.

Aside from the obvious, here are a few additional considerations

  • Take stock of "you"
    • Consider where you would you be comfortable living. Consider climate, city services, area entertainment and your partner's career goals/employment. Take stock of your research interests. Be sure to consider your overall career goals.
  • Satisfaction of current students
    • Get the perspective of current students in your program. Find out about faculty and assistantships/financial assistance. Some Internet research will help turn up information on program satisfaction for previous and current students.
  • Location & size
    • Consider how far you would be from friends and family. Consider the size of the department. Think about if you would rather have a large or small cohort group. Don't forget about the faculty-to-student ratio and overall class sizes, as these can play a big role in getting a quality experience.
  • Type of program
    • Expectations will vary significantly at each institution. Consider the work expected of you in each program. Find out if the program is focused on research or industry.
  • Degrees
    • Find out how long each degree program will take to complete. Discover any prerequisite courses required to enter the program. Inquire about internship or thesis requirements. Learn about the faculty research interests to be sure they share some of yours.
  • Quality of program
    • To determine quality, consider the programs
      • commitment to research & scholarship
      • reputation of the school, faculty & alumni/ae
      • admissions standards & care taken in selection of graduate students
      • program's and source of accreditation (by whom is the program accredited)

Base your decision on what the program has to offer YOU. 

Paying for Graduate School

Tuition is just one of the many costs associated with graduate school. Consider the cost of living, fees and financial aid opportunities. Financial support is available for graduate studies. Finding these funds requires persistent research.

Here are a few points to consider

Start by consulting the universities to which you are applying. Write to your prospective departments and financial aid offices about assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, work-study, student loans and other assistance options. This information is not always available via their website.

Guides are available on the Internet that will identify strategies and sources for financing your education.

Other sources for financial aid include national, state or local chapters of professional associations, unions, corporations or banks. Many of these organizations offer financial assistance to students.

Here are a few financial aid resources

CollegeNET - College Tips & Scholarships
Fastweb - Financial Aid Search Through the Web
FinAid - The Financial Aid Information Page

Don't forget to calculate cost of living. Your program or university website often provides this information, but the Internet can help there, too.

Other Resources

Admittance Tests (administered through the Office of Student Affairs in Warfield Hall, Miami Oxford)

  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program) - nationally standardized testing. Miami University invites students to earn through examination, course credit which can be used to meet requirements for graduation. This invitation is offered as an alternative to Departmental Proficiencies and Advanced Placement programs.
  • GRE (General test) - a computer-based exam offered through Prometric Testing, 11353 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash, Ohio. Phone: 513-671-7030.
  • GRE (Specific subject) - a paper and pencil test administered on the Miami University campus on designated dates throughout the academic year. For more information and to register online, see the ETS website at
  • LSAT - for information and to register online, see
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - a computer-based exam, administered on the Miami University Oxford campus. To register, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 513-529-4631.

Graduate School Entrance Exam Preparation (registration through an on-campus computer is required. To access the practice tests once you have created an account, click on the “College Students” button on the left hand side of the home page. Then, scroll down on the page that opens up and click on “Graduate School Entrance Exams Preparation".)

Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education provides programs and services that inform students of the issues facing today's healthcare professionals and prepares them for their future careers. 

Miami University Oxford, Pre-Law Program educates students about law school and the practice of law, as well as provides focused guidance on undergraduate coursework and law school admissions. The Pre-Law Program also hosts the annual Law Day Fair that provides students the opportunity to meet with law school representatives from around the country.