The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Graduate School

What do I need to do to get into Graduate School?

Ideal Path to Graduate School

Get Good Grades

  • Overall GPA must be at least 3.0 (Much higher to be most competitive)
  • Psych GPA is likely to be more important
  • Trends are important  

Research

  • If interested in research degree (Ph.D., M.S.), research experience is extremely important
    - Research assistant
    - Honors thesis
  • If interested in other degree, it helps get to know professors  

GRE

  • Very important
  • The better the school, the higher it’s expected to be
  • Many schools use cutoffs
    - Sometimes these cutoffs are available
    - e.g., 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300

GRE Test Prep Courses

  • Princeton Review - 1-800-2REVIEW
    - Average increase of 220 points
    - Multiple options
  • Classroom/Online/Tutoring/Crash course
    - Satisfaction Guarantee
    - Princeton Review Website
  • Kaplan - 1-800-KAPTEST
    - Average increase of 220 points
    - Multiple options
    Classroom/Online/Tutoring/Crash course
    - Guaranteed increase in score
    - Kaplan Website


Choosing your graduate school

The application process

  • Write or call schools for info/applications in spring of junior year
  • Start preparing for GRE in spring or summer of junior year
  • Take test in fall of senior year
  • Apply for programs in fall and winter of senior year  

The application