Graduate School

Quick Links: General Graduate School Resources and Timeline | Application Components and Resources | Financing Graduate Education | Pre-Health Advising | Pre-Law Advising | Financing Graduate Education

There is no "one size fits all" process for candidates applying to graduate school. The information below covers common application components for all graduate programs. However, the qualifications, circumstances, and dreams of each candidate is unique. In addition to reviewing these resources in advance of submitting applications, candidates are encouraged to discuss the graduate program application process and relevant school selection factors with their faculty and career advisor. Schedule an appointment on Handshake to get started (open to both current students and alumni), and check out CPD's graduate school resources for more information.

General Graduate School Resources and Timeline

Take the time to research a variety of graduate programs to decide which fit you and your career goals the best. Once you choose your programs, determine which (if any) entrance exams they require, and give yourself adequate time to study for and take the exam.

Application Components and Resources

Learn about the different parts of an application including transcripts, entrance exams, a CV, personal statements, and letters of recommendation.

Pre-Health Advising

Get started planning your health professional career and learn about the components and process to apply to medical school, physician assistant programs, nursing programs, dental school, veterinary school, and more. It is never too early!

Pre-Law Advising

Explore resources to prepare for a legal career or to apply to law school.


The Office of Fellowships supports students in their search for nationally competitive external funding opportunities to support study abroad, pursue independent research, teach abroad, apply to graduate school, and much more.

Financing Graduate Education

There are a variety of options to help finance your graduate program, including scholarships, fellowships, financial aid, teaching assistantships, and student loans. Research your options well before submitting your applications.