Aug 21 - Classes Begin for Fall and 1st 8-week session
Aug 22 - Final date to add a class for the 1st 8-week session
Aug 28 - Deadline to apply for December Commencement during late application period
Sept 1 -Deadline to apply for Ph.D in Pharmacy for Spring 2018
Sept 15- Final date for removing "i" grades
Sept 25 - Deadline for dropping courses or resigning from the university for the 1st 8-week session
Sept 25 -Deadline to apply to M.S. in Speech Language Pathology for Spring 2018
Oct 6 - Final date for filing field study, thesis, or dissertation with the Graduate Advisory Committee
Oct 15 -Deadline to apply to Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction for Spring 2018
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Oct 25 - Comprehensive Exam results due to the Graduate School for thesis students (Fall 2017 graduates)
Oct 25 -Final Date for dropping or resigning from the University for Fall full term
Oct 26 - Final date for filing field study, thesis, or dissertation with Graduate School
Nov 13 -Registration opens for Spring 2018 classes
Nov 15 -Deadline to apply M.S. in Counseling for Spring 2018
Nov 15 -Deadline to apply for May graduation during the regular application period
Nov 20 -Deadline for dropping courses or resigning from the university for the 2nd 8-week session
Dec 1 -Comprehensive Exam results due to the Graduate School for non-thesis students (Fall 2017 graduates)
Dec 9- Commencement 10:00 a.m.
One required essay. Prompt: Explain your interest in a graduate accounting degree in general and then more specifically what you hope to get out of the MS in Accounting Program at UConn.
Prompt: Why are you interested in pursuing your graduate business degree at this stage in your life/career? What are your short-term and long-term career goals and how will this graduate business program help you achieve these goals?
The short essay by a geography student applying to an internship program opens with the writer admitting that she previously had a limited view of geography, then describing how a course changed her way of thinking so that she came to understand geography as a “balance of physical, social, and cultural studies.” Despite her limited experience, she shows that she has aspirations of joining the Peace Corps or obtaining a law degree, and her final paragraph links her interests directly to the internship program to which she is applying.
For the sample from materials sciences, directed at an internal fellowship, the one-page essay has an especially difficult task: The writer must persuade those who already know him (and thus know both his strengths and limitations) that he is worthy of internal funds to help him continue his graduate education. He attempts this by first citing the specific goal of his research group, followed by a brief summary of the literature related to this topic, then ending with a summary of his own research and lab experience.
While some students seek out graduate education in order to improve their general professional value on the market, most have selected their field of choice only after meticulous consideration.
offers all users free access to over 100 admissions essays accepted by the United States' top undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The following Sample Admissions Essays were accepted by Stern and NYU.
Often, business and graduate school applications ask specific questions, and your statement should respond specifically to the question being asked. Some business school applications favor multiple essays, typically asking for responses to three or more questions.
As a graduate student taking fiction writing workshops many moons ago, I recall what was most motivating to me as a creative writer. It wasn’t the reading of published or award-winning work, and it wasn’t the classroom critique given on high from the professor nor the scribble from my classmates on my manuscripts. All these things were helpful and valuable, but nothing motivated me more than comparing my fiction to the work of my peers. As I read their work carefully, both objectively and subjectively, I found myself thinking at times that I was sure I could write better than the others around me at the seminar table—then I’d read an artful, poignant story that made me wonder whether I could ever even compete.
Below is a pdf link to personal statements and application essays representing strong efforts by students applying for both undergraduate and graduate opportunities. These ten essays have one thing in common: They were all written by students under the constraint of the essay being 1-2 pages due to the target program’s explicit instructions. In such circumstances, writers must attend carefully to the essay prompt (sometimes as simple as “Write a one-page summary of your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study”) and recognize that evaluators tend to judge these essays on the same fundamental principles, as follows:
The student applying for the Teach for America program, which recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in underprivileged urban and rural public schools, knows that she must convince readers of her suitability to such a demanding commitment, and she has just two short essays with which to do so. She successfully achieves this through examples related to service mission work that she completed in Ecuador before entering college.
The sample essay by a neuroscience student opens with narrative technique, telling an affecting story about working in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Thus we are introduced to one of the motivating forces behind her interest in neuroscience. Later paragraphs cite three undergraduate research experiences and her interest in the linked sciences of disease: immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and pathology.
Whereas degrees in medicine, business and law can open up a broad base of professional opportunities, graduate study in other areas is often highly specialized.