The Soll Center for Student Opportunity

Apply to Graduate School

There are many important considerations to make when applying to graduate or professional school. These include when in your career to apply, how to decide which programs best meet your career goals, how to prepare your application, and possible ways to fund your education.

Most CMC students take one or two gap years before starting graduate education. They take this time to research options and identify programs that best fit their future career goals. Some schools offer undergraduate students the chance to be admitted early into their graduate program prior to gaining work experience (deferred acceptance). The programs guarantee a spot in their classes two to four years in the future, so long as the admitted student secures appropriate professional experience in the meantime. These are highly competitive opportunities and tend to be offered by a small number of MBA and law school programs.

Steps to Apply to Graduate School

1. Choose a Graduate School Program

See the different types of graduate degrees available, then find out which one is right for you.

See How to Choose Graduate School Programs

2. Research Funding for Graduate School

There are multiple ways you can finance your graduate school program.

See How to Pay for Graduate School

3. Timeline for Applying to Graduate Programs

For students who want to apply to graduate or professional programs during their final year at CMC, we recommend following the suggested timeline outlined below.

See Timeline for Applying to Graduate Programs

4. Complete Your Application

Use this guide to help you gather all required elements and submit your application.

See Application Basics

Quick Resource Guides & References

The Soll Center for Student Opportunity provides many resources to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Below are a few of our most popular resources.

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