University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Economics

Preparing for Graduate Study

Many economics majors go on to graduate school. The areas chosen by them for advanced study include economics itself, as well as in law, business and public affairs.

Students can explore their options at The Center for Career Development (E Building, Living/Learning Center, 656-3450). The Center has a library of brochures, catalogs and guides to graduate programs, and offer advice on how to apply. The deadlines and detailed procedures you need to follow can only be found out by contacting the graduate schools you are interested in and requesting application materials (or by looking at an up-to-date catalogue).

The application process

You should begin the application process no later than the beginning of the Fall semester of your senior year. Most graduate programs require you to take an exam such as the Graduate Record Examination (the GRE) for general graduate schools, the LSAT for law school, the GMAT for M.B.A. programs, and so forth. These generally are taken in the Fall of the senior year according to a pre-determined schedule. For more information on times and locations of tests, contact The Counseling and Testing Center (146 South Williams, 656-3340).

Letters of recommendation

You will need letters of recommendation from faculty members. Most faculty members have trouble being specific in writing letters. Provide them with a resume, a transcript, a paper you wrote in their classes, and any other information you feel is relevant. It helps to schedule a meeting to discuss your plans and to give the writer plenty of time.

When you think you will be going to graduate school, but not immediately following graduation, have professors write a letter or recommendation on forms provided by the Center for Career Development, which are then kept on file there. The Center has forms for "Graduate Study" as well as for "Employment". When you are ready to apply in the future, the Center will send out your file as you direct. The advantage of this approach (versus asking professors for letters in the future) is that you can be certain that professors have important details about your academic career freshly in mind.

Last modified September 11 2014 04:04 PM