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Graduate School Resources

Office of Graduate Studies Preparation

Mission to Help You Design Your Future

Housed within the Department of Career Planning and Development and located in the Milligan Building on the 2nd floor, the Office of Graduate Studies Preparation’s mission is to provide exposure, preparation and support to Spelman College students and alumnae interested in pursuing graduate studies in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, business, and law.

The Office of Graduate Studies Preparation Appointment Hours:

Tuesday/Wednesday, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 3 pm; Thursday, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Assistance/Support Offered:

Work Stations—systems can be used to complete practice exams and research graduate programs

Resource Room—houses catalogs and other information from various graduate and professional programs across the country

Resource Library—books that cover topics including:

  • Graduate studies programs
  • Funding sources
  • Admissions test preparation sources
  • Test registration packets
  • Survival techniques for graduate studies

Database of summer and research programs and internships

Coordination of programs and activities with graduate programs at Spelman

Assistance with campus visitations

Application assistance—review of personal statement


  • Tap Into Your Future Workshop Series
  • Statement Swaps– peer review of personal statements
  • Graduate and Professional School Tour Discipline-based graduate and professional school fairs

Tap Into Your Future Workshop Series

Each workshop is offered in two formats. 1) Live presentation. Call for times and locations. 2) Virtual attendance on CD.

Workshop topics include:

  • Choose Your Right Path: True Colors (Only offered in live presentation format)
  • Timeline for Traveling the Road to Graduate School
  • Mapping Your Course: Choosing the Right Graduate Program
  • Get Your Passport In Order: Test Prep Series
  • Test Success: Tips and Hints
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing & Creative Writing
  • Get Your Ticket: Completing the Admission Packet
  • Personal Statement & Curriculum Vitae
  • References & Recommendations
  • Interviewing
  • Paying for the Trip: Funding Sources & Opportunities
  • Destination Arrival: Surviving the First Year

Graduate School Information Links


Admission Exam Links

Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
There is a fee wavier option.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). There is no fee wavier option.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
There is a fee waiver option.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
There is an MCAT fee reduction program.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT).

Funding Sources Links

FastWeb: Free Scholarship and College Searches, & Financial Aid Tools - Free scholarship search site that has 500,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. Registration required.

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid - This award-winning site is a comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. (www.finaid.org)

MyRichUncle (www.myrichuncle.com)

MyRichUncle provides students with Education Investments--funds for school. Upon graduation, students pay a fixed percentage of their future income for a fixed period. At the end of the period, their obligation is over regardless of what they have paid. Education Investments are not loans. That means there is no principal or interest, and there is no obligation to pay back the amount initially received. At the end of the payment period, your obligation is over, regardless of what you have paid.


FREE scholarship search engine to find over 150,000 awards to help you pay for college


Offering more than 10,000 funding opportunities and the largest collection of sponsored research opportunities, GrantSelect is the most effective and comprehensive tool available for any grantseeker

Key Education Resources offers the GradAchiever, MBAchiever, and LawAchiever loans for graduate school, business and law students. 1-800- KEY -LEND

TERI Professional Education Program (PEP)
The TERI PEP program provides loans for graduate and professional study.

Scholarship Programs in Your State



Why A Graduate Degree?

1996 U.S. Census Data show higher incomes for higher degrees

For graduate degree holders, Master’s recipients earn an average of $48,886, 33% more than bachelor’s degree recipients, and PhDs earn $65,744, 34% more than Master’s and 79% more than Bachelor’s.

Holders of professional degrees were found to have the highest earnings. Their annual income of $83,089 was 26% higher than PhD recipients and more than twice that of Bachelor’s.

To Keep Up With The Happenings:

Check the campus wide calendar

Check the Graduate Studies Prep link on Spelman Web page

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies Preparation