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How to Plan for Graduate School

Your career plans may include pursuing an additional degree after graduation. Just as in the job search, there is a process that requires significant planning, so start early!

There are many good reasons for going immediately into graduate school, and there are also some questionable reasons. Please visit the following links to begin planning!

IUP School of Graduate Studies - Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate programs utilize a student-centered classroom approach and encourage collaboration between faculty and students. IUP is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research university with over 2,000 graduate students and 48 graduate programs, including 11 doctoral programs.

Peterson's Guide - Find a graduate school that’s right for you!

Gradschools.com - Since 1996 our team has been working to compile the most comprehensive listing of graduate programs available. Our service is free, and it gives you access to information on over 67,000 programs.

Grad School Tips - Helping you choose the perfect grad school.

Graduate School Guide is an online resource that includes information regarding graduate test dates, financial aid opportunities, and a calendar of graduate fair events.

Grad Guide: Getting Your Online Master’s Degree - A comprehensive look into the curriculum of the most popular programs including Masters in Education, Masters in Healthcare Administration, Masters in Psychology, and more. The guide helps students think through the pros and cons and explores online options that provide flexibility and allow students to continue advancing their career while attending a program.

Testing Services

You may need to take specific tests depending on what you plan to pursue in graduate school. University Testing administers testing services for several tests. View the calendar for test dates.

ACSM
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing is the most respected in the health and fitness industry.
ACT
Assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
CLEP
Helps students earn credit for what they already know, regardless of how that knowledge was acquired.
FLCT
The Foreign Language Competency Test satisfies the language requirement for the graduate program in literature at IUP.
GMAT
Assists graduate schools in assessing the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
GRE
Used for admission to many graduate programs.
LSAT
Standardized test required for admission to most law schools.
MAT
Assesses your ability to recognize relationships between ideas, your fluency in the English language, and your general knowledge of literature, philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and fine arts. It is a computer-based test used for graduate admissions.
Praxis
Provides tests and other services for states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.
TOEFL
Evaluates the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English.
PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment)
Replaces Praxis I for reading, mathematics, and writing skills for all teacher candidates.
PECT (Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests)
The PECT replaces Praxis II tests for PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8, and Special Education, 7-12.
 
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