Researching Your Options
- Talk with your pastor and mentors to get their recommendations
- Conduct internet research of various schools and programs
- Talk with alumni or other individuals in that field to find out the benefits of extending your education and obtaining another degree
- Consider your career goals and research the specific requirements that need to be addressed in order to reach those goals
- CareerCentral — Web-based placement service for BJU students/alumni and employers managed by Career Services
- Look into other online resources for graduate school information like the Graduate Guide
Graduate Admission Tests
Admission tests should be completed around 3 to 6 months prior to the application deadline. Make sure to give yourself ample time to submit results or even retake the test if necessary.
- GRE — The Graduate Record Examination is one of the most common graduate admissions tests.
- GMAT — The Graduate Management Admission Test is commonly used for admission into an MBA program or other business-related graduate programs.
- LSAT — The Law School Admission Test
- MCAT — The Medical College Admission Test
Statement of Purpose/Essay
This is one of the best ways to highlight yourself and explain why you would be a good fit for the program in which you are applying. Also, you are able to identify what you desire to learn and how your background and interests fit into the purpose of the program. Make sure you get several peers and mentors to check over this document, because it also serves as a writing sample for the admissions committee. It is critical to make sure you are clear and direct so that you can bring to light your qualities as a candidate.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters from advisors, supervisors, and professors are often required in the graduate admissions process. Make sure you give your references plenty of time (usually about a month) to write the letter and get it sent to your school of interest. Typically, graduate schools require that the letters come directly to them from your reference. You will want to provide your references with information about the program, why you desire to be in the program, samples of your work, and a copy of your resume. This will help them personalize the letter and give it more substance.
Thank you notes should be sent as soon as possible to those that you enlist as references. This will show them that you value their time and will make them more willing to be a reference again in the future if needed. Once you have made your decision, make sure to share with your references where you will be attending graduate school and keep them updated on your progress. This will benefit your networking efforts and give you more possibilities when you finish graduate school and enter the job market.
Another general requirement of the graduate admissions process is providing an official transcript. You can order these from the Records Office and have them sent directly to the graduate school. If you are still an undergraduate when you apply to graduate school, have the Records Office send your incomplete transcript first, as close to the application deadline as possible. Then, you will want to follow up and have a copy of your final transcript sent after you complete your degree.
Check with the graduate school you are interested in attending for any specific requirements that they may have. This includes application fees, specific admission test requirements, and financial aid instructions. You may have to include a portfolio of your work, any published work or research you may have. You will probably want to make a copy of these materials for your record as well.
Pursuing BJU Graduate Assistantships
- The Human Resources Office handles the hiring process for graduate assistantships.
- The Records Office handles admissions to graduate school. Applications may be picked up from and returned to their office.
- The fall BJU Ministry Market is an annual event held in the Riley Reception Room and is focused on highlighting GA positions. It informs prospective graduates of potential openings and gives students the opportunity to talk with each specific department and to determine where they may best fit.