5 Tips on Applying for Your Master's Degree

Getting into your graduate program can seem like a difficult task, but submitting a personalized and thoughtful application can make a huge difference in your chances of being accepted. Our graduate program professors put a few helpful tips together based on the best applications they've reviewed in the past. Looking at your grad school options? Find out more about Mount Marty's graduate degree programs which include a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education in Coaching Leadership, a  Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, a Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner and a Master of Science in Nursing- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

1. Ace The Personal Statement

Tell your story. Describe where you have been and how you got to where you are today. Be sure to include goals and your plans for achieving that goal.  Be concise. Include brief information regarding your educational and employment history.

2. Choose The Best References

Choose references that know you well and will be constructive, supportive and can speak to your skills in your profession. Educate your recommenders on the program you are applying.

3. Show Your Engagement With The Program

Investigate the program you are applying for. Prepare yourself for the upcoming interview by reviewing the website, review the mission, vision and core values of the school and/or program. Demonstrate interest, knowledge and your passion regarding the program as well as the school.

4. Make A Personal Connection

A personal email or phone call goes a long way to ensure potential professors understand a student’s interest and intent regarding a program. Consider reaching out to faculty in order to seek information and to demonstrate one's interest and desire to be involved in the graduate program. 

5. Demonstrate Your Success

Demonstrate your current successes throughout your application (personal statement, resume, etc). Highlight your ability to be a team player and communication skills. Recognize your strengths and share your potential.