Making the decision to go to graduate school is one that takes time and careful planning. It is also one that can be tremendously rewarding and challenging. No matter where you are in the process, use this site to find information, advice, tips, and resources.
What are some good reasons to go to graduate school? (notes from the University of Pennsylvania’s Career Services)
Identifying and Selecting Programs
Similar to the undergraduate admissions process, universities offering graduate-level engineering courses have unique deadlines, programs, and admissions requirements. It can be overwhelming to keep yourself organized, so here are some tips to get started:
There are many components to a graduate school application: forms, academic transcripts, personal statements, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Create a timeline to help you stay on track.
Many graduate programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The General GRE is offered in computer-based testing format. The closest test location to Dartmouth is in Concord, NH.
Check out the following test prep books from our library:
More detailed information:
The Year Before Applying
6 Months Before Applying
3-4 Months Before Applying
*See the month by month guidelines.
See their choices from 2011-2021.
This information is gathered through an annual survey of the graduating class, and represents only those schools for which students accepted and matriculated
If you would like to reach out to our graduates pursuing degrees outside of Thayer, please make an appointment.
Is an advanced degree right for me?
Perhaps you are considering earning a Master's, PhD or business degree - maybe you are interested in our Master of Engineering Management program. Whatever your reason for considering an advanced degree, take the time to determine your motivations before applying. Schedule an appointment with us via Handshake; we can take you through your options step by step.
Chat with your peers. Visit The Grad Cafe to get your questions answered.
Which degree is best for me?
This depends on your career goals, so research what’s available first. Pay close attention to requirements, qualifications, costs, and benefits of each degree that you are interested in. Talk to your professors, Dartmouth/Thayer alumni, contacts in your field(s) of interest, and your academic advisor.
Who should I ask for a Letter of Recommendation? When should I ask for one?
Your recommenders should know you; they should think highly of you and your work, and they should be able to (and want to) write a letter on your behalf. In order for this to happen, give them advance notice (e.g., 4-6 weeks) and schedule a time for the two of you to talk candidly about your career goals. Pick from professors, advisors, and mentors rather than family friends. Typically, 2-4 recommendations are required, but just follow the instructions on your applications.
Where should I apply?
After you have selected the degree that is right for you, start thinking about specific programs. This is the part that can get overwhelming, so make an appointment with us. To get you off on the right foot, here is a Comparing Grad Schools Exercise to help you determine which one is best for you. Stop by our office to check out applicable books, and/or peruse the following resources online:
Is my application strong enough?
Learn what the requirements are for the programs you are interested in as soon as you can. This way you can fulfill them—academic, language, technical—in advance of applying. PhD programs may ask to see a research paper. Your work, internships, and research experience will make your application more competitive too. You can also read our guide on writing your personal statement.
Should I mention gaps/discrepencies in my academic record?
Yes. Add an addendum to your personal statement, or, provide details in the portion of the application asking if there is anything else you would like to share.
How should I finance my education?
A lot of your questions about financial aid will be answered through your research of the program and through a careful reading of each school’s materials. For detailed information regarding financial aid at Dartmouth, visit the Financial Aid and Loans page. (The questions below are from University of Pennsylvania's Career Services)
When should I start applying?
Some programs require that you start preparing your application a year to a year and a half in advance. Visit the schools' websites for information on specific deadlines (it is usually beneficial to submit your materials well in advance of stated deadlines). Plan early to collect letters of recommendation and take any necessary standardized tests.