PSM application guide
This is the world’s first guide to applying to Professional Science Master’s programs. It is available here as a PDF ebook for immediate download. for $17.00. If you have any questions before ordering, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn what PSM program directors are looking for in their applicants. Prepare strong applications and position yourself for successful admission to the program of your choice. Based on audio interviews with PSM program directors from around the United States, the information in the over 60 pages in this guide has never been available before. With the insights from program directors themselves and the additional guidance from a former Dean of Admissions at one of the oldest and most well established PSM programs, you are sure to make your applications stronger.
Good luck with all your Professional Science Masters applications.
Table of contents
1 Introspection first
- Why are you thinking about going to graduate school?
- What is the payback on a graduate degree?
2 Why pursue a PSM degree?
- What is a PSM degree?
- What a professional science master’s isn’t…
- Why pursue a PSM?
3 Choosing programs
- Many PSM focus areas
- Research schools
- How to choose a program
- Visit and look for yourself
- Other research methods
4 Admissions committees
- Admissions committees are stewards
- How admissions committees work
- What admissions committees want
5 Planning your application process
- Graduate School 101
- Application timeline
- How to engage the PSM program
- What are admissions essays?
- When are essays required?
- How important are essays?
- How are essays evaluated?
- How to interpret different kinds of essay questions
- How to write strong essays
- Essay development checklist
- How important are grades for admission?
- How are undergraduate grades interpreted?
- Overall grade trends and how they matter
- Context for grades is important
- How can you offset a low GPA?
- What is a resume?
- How important is a resume?
- How are resumes evaluated?
- What format is best?
- How to treat internships and part time work
- What about LinkedIn?
- What are admissions references?
- How important are references?
- How to get strong letters of reference
- What about character references?
10 Standardized tests
- Most common standardized tests
- When are they required?
- How important is the GRE?
- How are they assessed?
- How to address a weak standardized test score
- Preparing for the GRE
11 Admissions interviews
- What are Admissions Interviews?
- What kinds of admissions interviews are there?
- How to prepare for admissions interviews
- How are interviews assessed?
- How are admissions interviews used in decisions?
12 International student considerations
- Program goals
- Language tests
- Admissions interviews
- Additional considerations
- Visa process
13 Possible outcomes
- Three possible outcomes
- Why is April 15th important?
- You’re in – sort of…
- Fully admitted, now go somewhere!
- Can you defer (and what does that mean, anyway)?
- Waitlisted, but why?
- Denied, now what?
14 What makes a “bad” application?
- Case study
15 Conclusion: Putting it All Together