Graduate School

If you want a second opinion on your graduate school application materials, contact the Career Development Center. We'll review your materials and give you some good feedback. To set up an appointment, please send an email to cdc@dordt.edu. Please attach any documents that you'd like us to review.

Graduate School Travel Grant Program

Juniors and seniors, you are eligible for up to $200 in reimbursement for graduate school visit(s). To receive a grant, you must adhere to the following process:

Before your visit

  • Tell the Career Development Center what program and university you intend to visit.
  • Ask a professor for a simple email endorsement indicating why you are a good candidate for graduate school. Please send this via email to the Career Development Center.
  • Read the policies and procedures prior to leaving for the visit.

During your visit

  • Collect receipts for lodging and airfare. If driving, track your mileage.

After your visit

  • Submit your receipts to the Career Development Center.
  • Email the Career Development Center to schedule a 30-minute meeting to discuss your experience and what you appreciated most.

Please contact the Career Development Center at cdc@dordt.edu for any of the above requests or if you have questions.

Graduate School Application Timelines

Graduate School Study Materials

Graduate School Interviews

Sample Graduate & Professional School Interview Questions:

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What would you bring to this cohort?
  • How would you contribute to this program?
  • Why did you attend your undergraduate institution?
  • What were your favorite courses at your undergraduate institution? Why?
  • What books and newspapers do you read?
  • What are your extracurricular activities?
  • What do you do during the summer?
  • What experiences led you to your career choice?
  • What are your short-term and long-range goals?
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • What makes you believe that you will be successful in the program?
  • What makes you a good candidate?
  • Why do you think you are better suited for admissions into our program than other candidates?
  • What appeals to you about our program?
  • What do you plan to specialize in?
  • What other schools have you applied to?
  • Have you been interviewed or accepted at any other school?
  • What do you think are the most pressing issues in this field?
  • Describe any research project you've worked on at your undergraduate institution.
  • How do you cope with frustrating situations?
  • Tell me about your culture.
  • What will you do if you are not accepted?
  • What factors influenced you to go to graduate or professional school?
  • How do you feel your undergraduate studies have prepared you for this program?
  • What problems do you expect to face while attending graduate school?
  • How will you handle these?
  • What contributions do you plan to make to the field?
  • Tell me about a situation in which you took initiative.

Prepare for a graduate school interview in a similar way to a job interview. But make sure that you know the following very well:

  • The campus
  • The program
  • Mission/philosophy of the program/school
  • The faculty
  • School's reputation/program's reputation
  • Geographic location

Information in this box is borrowed from "Graduate & Professional School Interviews" from the Career Center at California State University, Fullerton. Available from http://www.fullerton.edu/career/students/graduate-professional-school/graduate-professional-school-interviews.php.