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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!

GoGrad — Guide to online graduate programs — 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 — 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 master’s in education, master’s in healthcare administration, master’s 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. - Guide to earning your master's degree online

Online Master’s Programs — Like any advanced degree, an online master’s requires a great deal of forethought and drive. Here you’ll find everything you need to identify a reputable program, succeed in the program, and then land a career that makes the most of your education.

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

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing is the most respected in the health and fitness industry.
The ACT test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
Helps students earn credit for what they already know, regardless of how that knowledge was acquired.
The IUP PhD in Literature and Criticism program requires a reading ability in a foreign language (not English) as measured by the Foreign Language Competency Test.
Assists graduate schools in assessing the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
Used for admission to many graduate programs.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to most law schools.
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.
Provides tests and other services for states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.
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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