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Planning for Graduate School

The decision to pursue an advanced degree is fraught with concerns, including your motivation for the degree, how you will use it once you’ve obtained it, and how you will fund your education. The Graduate Resource Center is a central information hub for prospective students to get the guidance, advice and motivation they need to pursue their degrees in a masters or professional program. Add to this all that is necessary just to apply—researching programs, requesting faculty recommendation letters, writing a personal statement, and taking entry exams—it is no wonder many students don’t know where to begin.

At the Graduate Resource Center, you will find guidance, strategies, and resources to help you prepare for graduate school, from applications to expectations once in a graduate or professional program.

Whether you’re finishing a Bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for any amount of time, our graduate consultants offer support with:
* Identifying your research or professional interests.
* Researching potential programs.
* Timeline for preparing and submitting applications.
* Application components, including faculty letters of recommendation, writing samples/prompts, and personal statement.
* How to fund your graduate education.
* What you can do NOW to prepare.

NEW 2015 - Prospective Graduate Student Guide to Planning for Graduate School

One-on-One Consultation

Sometimes the best way to get the information you need is to talk with a consultant one-on-one.  Scheduling a half or one-hour appointment is the easiest way to do this.  Schedule appointments by calling (505) 277-1407 or in person at Mesa Vista Hall suite 1057.  Find us on a campus map...


Planning for Graduate School workshops are opportunities for undergraduates to talk with multiple graduate and professional students at one time.  There are plenty of opportunities through-out the year to engage in thoughtful dialogue to voice your many questions and concerns.  Workshops are hosted by many of the centers and organizations on campus and are open to all students. If you would like to schedule a workshop for a class or student organization please contact us at 277-1407 or request a workshop.

Helpful Links

Graduate & Professional Degrees at UNM
Did you know UNM has more graduate than undergraduate degree programs? Explore programs at UNM here...

UNM - Graduate Studies Website
Get UNM-specific information on how to apply for graduate school and about different ways to find funding

Petersen's Graduate School Overview 
Perfect guide for potential graduate students still wondering... is graduate school for me?

US News Graduate School Rankings 
Discover where your ideal graduate school ranks among others

Princeton Review Graduate School Resources 
Get guidance on preparing for the GRE exam among other things pertinent to finding the right graduate program 
Claims to be the #1 Graduate school directory on the planet. Use this website to search for schools by subject

Wiki How to Plan for Graduate School -
Learn the 11 Steps on how to plan for graduate school

Quintessential Careers 
Get advice on how to write the grad school application essay, including tips and SAMPLE essays

To schedule an individual appointment with one of our consultants, call 277-1407. If you would like the GRC to present on planning for graduate school for your class, student group, or meeting, please email