Graduate School

Locating Programs and Application Resources

Locating graduate school programs and beginning your application can be hard to navigate. The following resources can help you begin that process. 

College Source Online
Search for colleges and universities across the United States. Provides access to profiles, catalogs and websites.

Computing Community Consortium
Offers information for computer science undergraduates who are considering a graduate education.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Search for accredited graduate programs.

Council on Undergraduate Research- Registry of Undergraduate Researchers
Facilitates matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  Open to students in Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Graduate Guide
Locate graduate programs as well as a calendar of graduate school fairs.

Access a comprehensive directory of graduate school programs as well as useful information including admissions information, tips for applying to graduate school, testing information and much more.

Gradview- Graduate School Search
Search for schools by area of interest, level of degree, and geographic region.

Maryland Online
Offers information on graduate courses, certificates, and degree programs offered via distance through Maryland's colleges and universities.

Masters in Education Guide
Provides listings of graduate programs in education by specialty areas.

Peterson's Graduate Planner
Search for graduate programs in variety of disciplines.

U.S. News and World Reports 
Link to the magazine's annual ranking of the best graduate, business, law, and medical schools.

Researching International Graduate Schools

There are many options when pursuing graduate school including attending school abroad. Learn about various international programs. Interested in learning more about each country? Log in to Goucher Recruit and visit the country pages located on Going Global.

Financing Graduate School

View our resources that can be useful in planning for ways to fund your graduate education. Throughout the year our office will also post fellowships we receive in Goucher Recruit

In addition to these external resources and fellowship competitions, please keep in mind that Goucher College has some funds available to support students and alumnae/i who plan to attend graduate and professional school (explained in the link above). For more information on these fellowships, please contact the office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies (410-337-6460). These fellowships are typically announced to seniors in early February, with an application deadline in early March.

Preparing Your Application


Testing Information

When preparing to apply for graduate school there are many different tests that your particular institution will require. The CDO maintains information regarding various graduate level exams and resources to help you in your search. View the Graduate School Testing Information page to learn more about the specific tests.

Personal Statements

CDO Handout:
Writing a Personal Statement (PDF)

The Writing Center at Goucher CollegeTutors at the Writing Center are helpful in all aspects of the personal statement writing process:  talking with you as you brainstorm ideas, helping you to organize your thoughts, sharing ideas on revisions, and providing feedback on proofreading and grammar.  Working with Writing Center tutors as well as the CDO staff will help you to prepare a stronger personal statement.  For tutors' schedules, follow the link above. 

Admissions Essays
Offers advice on writing personal statements as well as sample admissions essays.

Grad School Sample Essays
Gives several sample essays as well as links to other helpful sites.

Graduate School Statements (from UC Berkeley)
Provides helpful information in crafting a solid personal statement for graduate school admission.

Top Personal Statement Mistakes
An article from the advice center at Peterson's.

Grammar Review Sites (recommended by Goucher's Writing Center):
The Tongue Untied: A Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Style (from the University of Oregon)
Basic Elements of English:  An Interactive Guide to Grammar (from the English Department, University of Calgary)
Guide to Grammar and Writing (from the Capital Community College Foundation)

Letters of Recommendation

CDO Handout:
Letters Of Recommendation

Frequently Asked Questions

This list of questions & answers regarding letters of recommendation from the career center at Berkeley is filled with useful suggestions.

Getting a Good Letter of Recommendation
From the Psi Chi website.

Getting Recommendations
This article from overviews the process of requesting letters of recommendations.

References, Recommendations, and Background Checks
From, this link provides information about getting employment references, securing letters of recommendation, and understanding the background check process.

Credential File Resources:
Offers a for-fee option to collect and store academic and professional credentials.

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