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Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

What are graduate schools looking for?

December 17, 2014

What are graduate schools looking for?

Whether you are just about to finish your undergraduate degree or are many years out of college, you may ask yourself: What are admissions members looking for? What do they really want to know about me? What are my chances?

Students who have performed well academically have earned a worthy foothold when applying to a graduate program. However, those who have had some missteps in college should know that many admission committees don't just look at grades and test scores. They look at everything in your application file including letters of recommendation, essays, the courses you took, internships, and work and life experience. Most admission committees are looking for reasons to admit you, not reasons to deny you. Typically, the more time that has lapsed since completing your undergraduate degree, the less influence your previous grades will have on your admission. The experiences that have shaped you beyond graduation will help define you and can begin to outweigh a less than stellar GPA.

Selective programs are searching for students who will be a good fit. That means looking beyond just the numbers and identifying your strong points in other areas. Smaller in-residence programs typically form cohorts and are benefitted by students and faculty with diverse backgrounds, be that regional diversity, international travel, volunteer service, or work experience. Graduate schools are enhanced by matriculating students with a wide range of perspectives, as these students bring ideas and experiences that enrich the learning environment.

You will have an opportunity to write a statement of purpose, to give the selection committee some insight into who you really are. You may convey your passion for the field you plan to study, share explicitly what you have been working on since graduation, and provide us with a sense of how you arrived on your path. We won’t know your story unless you tell it.

Your goal is to make an impression that leads to admission.


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Stacy Hayes, Admissions Coordinator