Grad School Timeline
On Applying to Non-Thayer School Graduate Programs
- Most engineering graduate programs expect a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.E.) in engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
- Many engineering graduate programs will also accept students with bachelor's degrees in a relevant scientific discipline. Such students may have to make up some undergraduate engineering courses before commencing graduate work.
The Year Before Applying
- Research areas of interests, schools, and programs.
- Get to know at least two professors whom you could ask for recommendation letters.
- Get advice and suggestions about graduate school programs from your faculty advisor, from Thayer/Dartmouth alumni, and anyone else conducting research in your area(s) of interest.
- Register and prepare for the GRE.
6 Months Before Applying
- Take the GRE.
- Visit schools if time permits.
- Review your applications and begin collecting the materials necessary to complete them. Start writing your personal statement.
- Check on deadlines for applications and on rolling admission policies.
3-4 Months Before Applying
- Obtain letters of recommendation from professors and employers.
- Take the GRE, if you haven’t already. Or, retake it if necessary.
- Finish your personal statement and request others you trust to review it.
- Send in completed applications.
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Pay attention to the federal, state, and individual graduate school deadlines.
- Call the admissions offices of your schools of choice and make sure that your applications are complete.
- Visit the schools to which you have been accepted, if you have not done so already.
- Send a deposit to your school of choice.
- Notify other schools of your decision.
- Send thank you notes to the professors or employers who wrote your recommendation letters.