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Application Basics for Graduate Students

Graduate applicants need to present a meticulously completed application that reflects their seriousness of purpose, preparedness to undertake graduate study, maturity, and thorough understanding of the subject.

The application process and the strategies for graduate admissions to American universities are somewhat different from undergraduate admissions, although on the face of it, they may appear very similar (see Fig. 8.1 at the end of chapter). People with college degrees in the United States get much better jobs than those without, and so only a driving passion and research interest in a particular subject, or a professional need for a degree (MBA, for example) causes people to take the “graduate ...

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