Whether you plan to attend graduate school right after VMI or might consider graduate study in the distant future, there are steps to take that will ease the application process. The Graduate School Considerations provides a comprehensive array of considerations in this decision process. Additionally, the GraduateGuide can provide valuable information on Graduate Majors, School Profiles, Graduate Test Dates, Ways to pay for Graduate School, and a host of other topics. GradSchools.com is another great resource to browse graduate school programs.
Top factors that influence graduate school applications:
- Time - Can you carve out enough time from your career and other responsibilities to stay on course in /complete graduate school?
- Money - Do you have the financial resources to invest in graduate study now?
- Motivation - Do you have the energy and interest to keep you on task?
- Need - Do you really need an advanced degree to accomplish your career goals?
- Experience - Do you need to acquire firsthand experience in your career in order to be competitive in a graduate program?
- Timing - Is this the right time in your life? in your career?
- Geographic location - Do you have to move to attend a particular graduate school?
- Selectivity - Can you find a program/school that fits your needs where you are a qualified candidate for admission?
Types of graduate schools and professional schools include:
- Law School
- Medical/Dental School
- MBA (Master of Business Administration) Programs
- Masters or Ph.D. in any academic discipline
It is best to take these entrance examinations while you are still at VMI." The scores will usually stay current for at least 5 years.
- Foreign Service Examination
- GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test (Business school) GMAT is given by appointment on computer. Schedule your appointment early to secure the most convenient testing center. See also the GMAT website.
- GRE - Graduate Record Examinations (Academic subjects) The general test for the GRE is given on computer only. A writing sample will be included are part of the general GRE. Register early to secure the testing center and time of choice. Visit their website for answers to your questions about the GRE.
- LSAT - Law School Admissions Test (Law school) To register online or find the answers to your questions about the LSAT click on the LSAT link at LSAC. Additionally the following link is helpful in LSAT preparation. LSAT Exam Practice Tests. See Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Holston (VMI Pre-Law Advisor) for questions about Law School.
- MCAT - Medical School Admissions Test (Medical school). Visit their website or see Colonel Wade E. Bell for test dates and deadlines.
- PRAXIS - Teacher Education Program Admissions Test Available in either computer-based or paper format.
Information on these tests is available in the Career Services Office and from the pre-professional advisors. Most graduate schools will require at least one of these entrance examinations and/or the (MAT) Miller Analogies Test.
These examinations are expensive; fee waivers are available for those who qualify. See the Career Services Office for details.
Regardless of whether you go to graduate school right after VMI or wait several years, VMI has established a scholarship program to assist with graduate school tuition. Submission deadline for the scholarship program is March 15 of each year. For details, contact Lieutenant Colonel Meagan Herald, Department of Applied Mathematics. Another helpful website with graduate school scholarship information is FastWeb. Here you'll find an easy to navigate site, informative news articles and new features.
Medical schools require admissions interviews. Most will have panel interviews, which require a great deal of preparation. See Colonel Wade E. Bell, pre-med advisor, for specific assistance.
Most graduate schools do not require admissions interviews. If you can schedule an interview and a campus visit, it can be beneficial. If nothing else, it shows interest and sets you apart from the competition in some respects.
- Treat a graduate school interview just like a job interview.
- Do your homework on the program and the school.
- Be prepared to ask questions that show you have done your research.
- Practice interviewing before you have graduate school interviews. The Career Services staff can help you with mock interviews and video-taped practice interviews.
- Colonel Wade E. Bell - Medicine and Allied Health Professions
- Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Holston - Law. A helpful link: www.LSAC.org.
- Atin Basuchoudhary - Business School (MBA) and Graduate programs in business and economics
- Colonel Rob McDonald - Information about national scholarship programs
- Major Tabitha Coates - Teacher Education