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How to apply to a graduate program in the US

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  1. 1. Advisers: Claudia Ortiz & Sofia de la Garza EducationUSA.state.gov Study in the USA: Graduate Programs
  2. 2. What is EducationUSA? • A global network of advising centers supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). • Unbiased, accurate, comprehensive information about the full range of accredited U.S. higher education institutions • Free access to introductory information on U.S. study EducationUSA.state.gov
  3. 3. EducationUSA in Mexico
  4. 4. Key Topics • Different types of programs • Application process • Entrance exams • Financial Aid • Questions & Answers EducationUSA.state.gov
  5. 5. Master degrees • Academic Master’s – Master of Arts (M.A.) – Mastr of Science (M.S.) • Professional Master’s – Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) – Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) – Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) EducationUSA.state.gov
  6. 6. Doctoral degrees • Academic: – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) • Professional: – Doctor of Education (Ed. D) – Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) EducationUSA.state.gov
  7. 7. The Calendar: Dedicate Time 12-18 months before (Mar-Sept) • Research schools: choose 5-7 • Find out deadlines for financial aid and application • Register to take standardized tests in required September-December • Study and take exams • Request required materials: recommendation, transcripts, financial statements • Write your personal statement • Submit completed applications EducationUSA.state.gov January-April • Application deadlines, early admission deadlines will be sooner April-June • Letters of Acceptance/rejection • Decision making • Organize finances: fund transfer to US June-August • Student Visa • Travel Arrangements
  8. 8. The Application Depends on the program or university • Typical Requirements: – School/program’s application form – Statement of purpose – Letters of recommendation (2-3, translation required) – Official undergraduate transcripts (translation required) – Exams (TOEFL, GRE, GMAT etc.) – Résumé – Sometimes a portfolio or sample of past work – Financial statement EducationUSA.state.gov
  9. 9. Exams • TOEFL – www.toefl.org – $170 USD • GRE – www.gre.org – $195 USD EducationUSA.state.gov • GRE Subject Tests – Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology • GMAT – www.mba.com – $250 USD
  10. 10. Calculating your expenses • Application Fees ($35-250/institution) • Tuition ($15,000-30,000+/yr) • Room & Board ($5,000-12,000/yr) • University Student Fees ($100-$300/term) • Medical and Dental Insurance • Travel Expenses • Living Expenses EducationUSA.state.gov
  11. 11. Patterns and Trends in Funding • More funding is available for: • PhD programs – compared to master’s programs. • Research and Doctoral universities – compared to master’s institutions • Academic programs – compared to professional programs (law, medicine, dentistry, MBAs, etc.) • Many programs don’t offer funding until the second year. EducationUSA.state.gov
  12. 12. Funding Varies by Field • Engineering, computer science, math – 82% of PhD candidates are funded – 55% of master’s candidates • Humanities – 56% of PhD candidates are funded – 41% of master’s candidates • Business, law, and other professions: funding is rare and loans are common EducationUSA.state.gov
  13. 13. Financial Aid Programs • U.S. Universities • Government • Private Foundations • Loans EducationUSA.state.gov
  14. 14. Types of Funding: U.S. Universities Assistanships • Teaching (TA): Awarded by department. Must demonstrate strong spoken English and teaching experience. Can be in other departments (languages, math). • Research (RA): Awarded by professors. Contributes to your thesis research. • Graduate (GA): Awarded by grad school. Administrative, library. EducationUSA.state.gov
  15. 15. The Professor • Professors manage teaching and research assistantships. • You need to communicate with the professors • Learn about them and their research from the school’s website and scholar.google.com • Write to them about your academic interests and what you can contribute to their research • They should know you before they receive your application! EducationUSA.state.gov
  16. 16. Types of Funding: U.S. Universities Out-of-State Tuition Waivers • Several universities and/or state governments offer out-of-state tuition waivers – (based on country of origin, region or ethnicity) • In Texas: PASE & Good Neighbor Scholarship Program – Mexican nationals who demonstrate financial need pay in-state tuition at public universities in Texas • For more information visit each university’s website EducationUSA.state.gov
  17. 17. Types of Funding: Government CONACYT • Full and partial scholarships for graduate students already accepted by universities • Give preference to PhD students • Focuses on science and technology www.conacyt.com.mx EducationUSA.state.gov
  18. 18. Types of Funding: Goverment Comexus: Fulbright-Garcia Robles • 25,000 USD, medical insurance, visa and applications • To start 2016: apply from Oct 2014 – Feb 2015 www.comexus.org.mx EducationUSA.state.gov
  19. 19. Types of Funding: Foundation Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockmann (MOB) • Full and partial scholarships for graduate students already accepted by universities • At least 2 years of work experience • Any field of study – except medicine, architecture, sports and fine arts • Must return to Mexico for a minimum of 5 years • Must reimburse MOB 30% of the scholarship within 3 years www.becasmob.org.mx EducationUSA.state.gov
  20. 20. Types of Funding: Foundation American Association of University Women (AAUW) • Fellowship for full-time study or research to support community-based projects that are designed to improve the lives of women and girls in the fellow’s home country. • Female graduate students already accepted by universities • One year: – $18,000 for Master’s, $20,000 for Doctorate $30,000 for post-doctorate EducationUSA.state.gov
  21. 21. Types of Funding: Mexico Loans FIDERH, FUNED & OAS • FIDERH (Banco de Mexico): loan for graduate degrees – Funding for up to 3 years – Must repay the loan within 10 years – www.fiderh.org.mx • FUNED: loan for students accepted by a university – Covers most expenses – Must repay the loan within 6 years – www.funedmx.org • OAS-PAN: Interest-free loans for Latin American students – Must complete studies in 2 years – Must repay the loan within 5 years – www.oas.org/rowe EducationUSA.state.gov
  22. 22. Homework to get started • Make an advising appointment • Visit www.petersons.com and www.gradschools.com and create a list of potential schools • Find out the deadlines, costs, and requirements for each school. • Assess how much you (and your family or sponsor) can contribute to your higher education • Visit www.fundingusstudy.org and create a list of possible scholarship opportunities. EducationUSA.state.gov
  23. 23. Where and how to do the research? • READ! All the information you might need is in the webpage of the school. • Make notes from each of the schools: what do you like, what you don’t like, whatever you find interesting or oustanding. • Read the University webpage and also the College webpage EducationUSA.state.gov
  24. 24. Narrow your options • Location • Internships or overseas study programs • Student services • Faculty • Cost vs Financial aid availibility • Size of the department EducationUSA.state.gov
  25. 25. Thank You! EducationUSA Mexico City Biblioteca Benjamín Franklin Calle Liverpool 31, Col. Juarez, Del. Cuauhtemoc Tel: 5703-0167 Email: MexicoDF@EducationUSA.info Citas: www.EducationUSADF.appointy.com www.educationusa.info/mexicodf https://www.facebook.com/EducationUSAMexicoCity http://becaseducationusa.wordpress.com/ EducationUSA.state.gov Advisers: Claudia Ortiz & Sofia de la Garza

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