Applying to Graduate School


So, you have decided to attend graduate school! Be sure to check out the excellent options for graduate study at CSUB! The CECE can help you with a variety of issues related to exploring and applying to programs of interest!

Exploring Graduate Programs

So, you are considering attending graduate school! Great! Just be sure you are planning this very important move because you are interested in exploring a specific field with more intensity than undergraduate studies. Graduate study allows you to focus your interests within a particular discipline. Graduate education typically requires an interest in significant writing and research. Exploring your graduate school options at CSUB is a great way to start.

You should also explore graduate programs using the following sources:



Applying to Graduate School

Applying to graduate school typically requires the following steps:

  • Apply to the University of interest
  • Apply to the specific program of interest at the university, (many graduate programs require a separate application specifically for the program)
  • Submit a statement of purpose, (refer to the program for specific instructions)
  • Submit at least 3 letters of recommendation, (refer to the program for specific instructions)
  • Submit graduate entrance exam results, (refer to the program for specific instructions). 

Also, check out Peterson's Graduate Planner for additional information about applying to graduate school.

Graduate School Entrance Exams

Most graduate programs require applicants to take an entrance exam as part of the application process. The following links will direct you to specific graduate level exams -

GRE - Graduate Record exam -- the most common graduate level entrance exam

LSAT - Law School Admission Test - exam required for entry into law school

GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test - exam required by most business programs

MCAT - Medical College Admission Test - exam required for entry into medical school

MAT - The Miller Analogies Test - less common general graduate level entrance exam

TOEFL - The Test of English as a Foreign Language - used by international students applying to programs of study in the United States and is often used in place of the GRE.


Peterson's Test Central

Guide to Preparing for the Law School Admission Test

Check out on campus programs that can support your interest in graduate programs -

The Sally Casanova Predoctoral Scholar Program