Applying to graduate school can be a stressful time. It takes time to gather the materials and information you need to complete your application. I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the application process.
How do I start my application?
The College of Saint Rose offers this Web-based application in the hope that it will make our application process as easy and convenient as possible for you. You can get started right now and won’t have to wait for us to mail you a packet. Applications submitted electronically receive the same consideration as applications submitted on paper. This application is part of the ApplyYourself Application Network. You will receive a Username and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions, if needed.
What do I need to apply?
Each program has specific application requirements, but each program requires a $40 application fee (waived for Saint Rose alumni), statement of purpose, 2 letters of recommendation, resume, and official transcript.
What’s a statement of purpose?
An effective Statement of Purpose will provide faculty reviewers with an understanding of the applicant’s objectives and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree or certificate. It will also describe how the program of study will meet the candidate’s personal goals for professional development.
Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?
Choose someone you worked with closely and knows your work ethic, drive, and class performance. Do not choose a family member or family friend. You want to make sure that the college reading your letter will get an understanding of how you benefit the classroom. The letter will be more personal if you have a connection with said professor or mentor. You can always get a letter from an internship adviser or field placement manager.
Why do I need to submit a resume?
Resumes are recommended for all programs, but are required for: Accounting, Business Administration (MBA and all related certificate programs), College Student Services Administration, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Counseling (School & Mental Health), Computer Information Systems, Creative Writing, Educational Technology Specialist, Internet Programming, and School Psychology programs.
Proofread, proofread, proofread! Resumes are meant to show your professional side and grammatical errors show just the opposite. Visit your college’s career center and ask the opinion of an expert. You can never be too safe!
Do I need to submit a writing sample?
Writing samples are not required for every program, but for some. When choosing a writing sample, don’t only choose a good paper, revise it. Edit it again, have a friend read it over, and make changes as needed. No paper is ever perfect the first time through!
What are my options for payment?
Financing your education can be stressful. Graduate school isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the money. Saint Rose offers Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships. Grants and loans are also viable options. Planning ahead will help the process run smoothly.