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Graduate School Resources

Resources for students interested in considering graduate school, whether that is a Master's Degree (typically 2 years if a full-time student), a Doctorate degree (PhD) in a Humanities area (typically 5-7 years if a full-time student studying something such as Literature, Math, Chemistry), or a Professional Degree, such as an M.D. for a medical doctor or a J.D. for a lawyer.


Within Loyola:

ACE has numerous books available for check-out to ACE Scholars with titles like Graduate Admissions Guide, Graduate School Guide, GMAT Test Prep, LSAT Test Prep, MCAT Test Prep. GRE Test Prep.  If interested, come see an ACE full-time staff member.
grad school boot camp A hand-out from one of the ACE workshops, Grad School Boot Camp.  This provides an overview of identifying your values to help determine what grad school program is a good fit for you; the process of writing a strong personal statement; asking for letters of recommendation; and interviewing tips when interviewing with Doctoral Programs.  Please note, this handout is only an introduction to the material, and ACE students interested in graduate school are strongly encouraged to attend the programs and workshops ACE offers on this topic.
McNair Scholars Prepares qualified undergraduate students for graduate study at the PhD level in the Humanities
What to put into a Personal Statement for Graduate School Information given to an ACE Scholar in the Class of 2016, from a graduate program she applied to about what to put into a personal statement for a graduate school application.
Pre-Health  Support, resources, and guidance for students considering health-related careers and applying to health programs: medical school, dental school, physical therapy, etc.  Applications for the Pre-Health committee (applying to health grad school) are generally due in February.
Pre-Law Extensive support, resources, and guidance for students considering a career in law and applying to law school


Beyond Loyola:

College Affordability Guide: Graduate School A website with lots of clear, detailed information about the many various ways to pay for graduate school.
Committee on Institutional Cooperation Grad School Guide A 17-page guide by an association of universities in the midwest about the graduate school application process
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Fee Waiver For 14 universities (predominately across the Midwest), prospective students can request a graduate application fee waiver for Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts programs at the participating universities.  The priority deadline for requests is November 15.  Each institution grants FreeApp waivers according to their criteria and on a case-by-case basis.
Diversity Scholarship Foundation

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP supports students seeking a career in the legal profession who have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating or supporting diversity related programs.  Scholarships available for LSAT class and law school.

Explore Health Careers A website with information about careers and the associated graduate school for a wide variety of medical fields, including physical therapy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, and podiatry.
GRE® Revised General Test- Free Practice Test Provided by ETS (Educational Testing Service - the organization that puts on the GRE), the free POWERPREP® II software allows you to download the comprehensive overviews of each section of the GRE® revised General Test available on their website. It also contains a Test Preview Tool and two practice tests to help you get ready for test day.
GRE Subject Test Practice Books Provided by ETS (Educational Testing Service - the organization that puts on the GRE), for each subject they have a subject test, they have a practice book, which contains a full-length test and answer key, test-taking strategies, and information to help you understand how the test is scored. 



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AAMC: Association of American Medical Colleges
AACOM: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AACOMAS Application Process
  • AACOMAS Application
  • AACOMAS Applicant FAQs
Medical School Admissions Test (MCAT)
MCAT Test Prep with Khan Academy


Khan Academy has easy-to-understand tutorials on a variety of subjects, including helping students prepare for the MCAT.  We strongly encourage students to use these as one of many resources, and not in place of those resources available to you on campus.  For instance, if you need further help understanding a topic in one of your classes, we recommend you go to your professor’s office hours, to the CTAE (Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence), or ask your classmates, and not rely only on Khan Academy videos. 

J.D. (Juris Doctor) Program Resources for Law Schools:
Petersons.com Graduate Scholarships

A searchable database of 1.5 million scholarships, grants, fellowships, prizes & forgivable loans - geared for graduate school.

Princeton Review Graduate School Application Guide

An application timeline for selecting a graduate school, along with links to information on studying for the GRE, how to contact professors at prospective graduate schools, and tips on writing a statement of purpose as part of the application.

Scholarships.com Graduate Scholarships 

While less common than undergraduate scholarships, scholarships for graduate students are available, and this site lists some of the options. Graduate students often rely heavily on fellowships or assistantships, but these aren’t available to everyone and don’t always cover a graduate student’s living expenses. Thankfully, a number of scholarship providers are willing to help graduate students finish the last leg of their educational journeys by providing a bit of extra funding.