In this episode of the Idealist.org Podcast, a panel of graduate admissions representatives talk about the graduate admissions application process and financial aid. Recorded during the summer Washington, D.C. Idealist.org Graduate Degree Fair for the Public Good hosted by the American University School of Public Affairs.

Hear answers to the following questions (in order):
  • How do teaching assistantships work?
  • Should I get a second masters?
  • What are some of the issues that prospective students be thinking about?
  • How do I transition from one area of study to another, eg, biochemistry to policy?
  • Do your programs prefer or require professional work experience in your applicants?
  • Would volunteer work related to my graduate field of interest count as experience in the application?
  • What are some practical tools I should be using right now to pay for grad school?
  • If I don't have a 4.0, how does that affect my scholarship eligibility?
  • Are the different parts of the application weighed consistently across schools?
  • How much time is spent reviewing each application?
  • On the personal essay, what should I write about?
  • How should I decide between full-time and part-time?
  • What do you expect in regards to recommendations for applicants who have been out of school for more than five years?
  • What is more important? The name on the recommendation letter or how closely they have worked with you?
  • What if you are not working in the specific field that you want to study at grad school?
  • Can you talk about a candidate that stood out for you in positive and negative ways?

This episode is an enhanced podcast file that allows you to skip ahead to specific questions within the episode.

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Check out the original video of the panel discussion.