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Graduate Preparation Component

Oklahoma State University


Junior Year

  • August-September: Begin search for sources of financial aid for graduate school
  • September-June: Create and maintain contacts with potential reference writers through coursework, mentored research, internships, etc.
  • January-February: Scholars will begin their research on potential graduate schools and request information and applications
  • February-May: Develop Graduate School Portfolio
  • January – March: Scholars will begin Online GRE Preparation Classes
  • Schedule summer GRE Test

Senior Year

  • August-September: Request financial information from programs and other sources
  • September-December: Commit to top 3 choices of graduate school and complete application process
  • September-December: Complete all financial aid applications
  • September-December: Prepare writers for letters of recommendation. Provide them with necessary forms, sample letter, and a brief resume
  • September-December: Last chance for GRE Test. Take subject tests if required
  • January-March: Meet all deadlines
  • January-March: Confirm that letters have been received by deadline
  • April-May: Inform OKAMP and letter writers of outcomes of applications


Financial Aid and Scholarships Guide


The following documents should be of help in providing guidance in your consideration and preparation for graduate school. Just click the title to view each document.



Graduate School Overview

Basic Considerations

Preparation Timeline



Exam Preparation Sites

Graduate Admission Essay Writing Tips

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