Graduate School Jargon

Graduate School Jargon

The search of your dream career is very important because it defines the life in professional occupation. Right start is essential in order to begin this journey with confidence. Students cannot make right decision if they don’t understand the programs that are offered to them. 

Additionally, there are lots of other things to think about when choosing graduate school. In this article we will talk about the essential terms that you should know to make a right choice and understand the “talk' of schools and professors. 

Let’s have a look on this jargon that is used in bulletins, graduate school sites and people involved in the filed so you’ll be familiar with the terms and abbreviations. 


This award to the student is pretty much like a scholarship in terms that this is free money given to the student to pay for tuition. The money does not need to be repaid and can also be used for pay for the costs of housing and many other bills. The amount of fellowship awarded to the student can depend on various factors. For example, one of the ways to get fellowship is to agree to conduct a research. The scale and difficulty of the research in this case determines the amount of money. 


This abbreviation stands for the Graduate Record Examination. This generalized examination in written in order to enter majority of graduate programs, so it is necessary to write it for admission. 

Letter of Recommendation

This is an element of your application package for submission to graduate school. It contains information about your work ethics and habits, given by third parties. These letters are usually written by former employers, fellow workers and professors that can provide an idea of you as a skilled learner and worker. This is an important aspect because admission people can get to know your previous activities and attitudes towards working and learning. MCAT This test is intended to demonstrate skills of individuals that want to pursue medical career. 


(Medical College Admission Test) is required medical colleges and they are very important element of application success. 


The term stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. This test is required by majority of business schools. If you are about to take this standardized test, you should be prepared to show your skills in English language and mathematics. 


If you are trying to pursue medical career, you’ll have to take this standardized test to apply to law schools. The LSAT stands for the Law School Admissions Test. 

Personal Statement

This is a way to present yourself to admission committee so this is very important for your start in school. Personal statement helps you to persuade those people why you are a great candidate to study in their institution. Make sure you statement is perfect so they would no doubt to accept your application. 

Residency Requirement

Many colleges offer online programs for their students. This requirement is intended to identify the amount of time which has to be spend on campus in case if program requires the student to attend college for some time.