Many of you have requested information about applying to graduate school, so our Department Head, Dr. Rob Hale has organized a workshop with Drs. Wes Berry, Tom Hunley, and Jeff Rice. The workshop will be held Wednesday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m. and is designed for students who are in the process of applying or are seriously considering applying during the next cycle (November – March).
Be sure to RSVP with Dr. Hale via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 19th if you’re serious about applying to graduate school and would like to attend the workshop.
And for those who have a little more time, Dr. Alison Langdon is holding a series of workshops during the spring semester for juniors who are planning to apply next year.
In the meantime, here’s Dr. Langdon’s ideal timeline for applying to graduate school:
Spring of junior year:
- Literature, Creative Writing, and EST students—take Senior Seminar/Capstone if possible
- Begin researching programs
- Speak to professors about providing letters of support
- Start studying for the GRE
Summer between junior and senior year:
- Hone your writing sample
- Continue researching schools and narrow down choices
- Take GRE (do so by August so there’s time to retake it if necessary)
Fall of senior year:
- Professional Writing students—take Capstone course (students in other concentrations should also take Senior Seminar/Capstone if they haven’t already)
- Write personal statement and get feedback, then revise
- Provide professors with materials needed for letters of support (see Dr. Hughes’ and Dr. Jones’ guide to requesting letters of reference)
- Submit applications to chosen programs