- Graduate School
- Career Opportunities
Coordinator of Human Development Discipline
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm
Graduate School Application Process
Choice of career - Narrow down choices by consulting with your mentor, Career Services Office, and professionals in fields of interest to you.
- Grad School Program Files in CRA for HD majors
- Dictionary of Occupational Title - Career Services
- Write to professional and certifying organizations for most current requirements and trends in the career field
- Read professional journals and newsletters in CRA Resource Room
- Narrow choices to one or two career fields and complete research efforts started during Junior year.
- Decide to which graduate school programs you will apply. Consider the following:
*Quality of program - accredited preferred
*Focus or "fit" of program with your particular interests and needs
*Competition for admission
*Availability of grad assistantships and financial need
- Choose at least 3 programs based on probability of admission - certain, moderately certain, uncertain
- Write to schools and obtain catalog, admission materials, and financial aid information
- Register for either October or December GRE
- Begin to study or enroll in class to prepare
GRE - Take GRE or Practice GRE Exam
Gather information - Continue dialog with mentor, discuss grad school options and programs when information arrives
- Decide on at least 3 grad schools to which you will apply. Do back-up plan of at least 3 more programs. Call grad programs and ask any further questions regarding fit between your interests and their program, any prerequisites you may need
- Ask 3 professors who know you well and have had you in class to write letters of recommendation for grad school - give them at least 3 weeks notice before due date and provide all helpful information to them.
GRE - Take GRE
- Begin filling out application forms and gathering necessary information.
- Remember all applications must be accompanied by a fee which varies with each institution.
January and February
- Check deadlines carefully and plan to mail applications no later than 2 weeks before actual deadline. Make sure letters of recommendation have been mailed by professors or note those applications which have the professor return the form/letter to students to be sent with application.
- Many deadlines are January 15, February 1, and February 15 so plan ahead! Check on deadlines for Financial Aid if they are different from application deadlines.
March, April, May
Wait and remain optimistic!
- Consider other options, such as work in the human service field, PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS, and VISTA programs, or Student Conservation Association work.