Graduate School Advising

Are you thinking about attending graduate school after completing your studies at Mount Holyoke College? Graduate school – whether it is a one year master’s degree or a six-year PhD program, represents a considerable investment of time and often money. Before delving into choosing a program, it is useful to think about why you want to go, whether now is the right time, and what is involved in the process of choosing and applying to graduate programs.

A good way to begin this process is to click on the links to the left and carefully read the information on graduate study in general, the application process, selecting a program, standardized exams, financing, and resources.

The National Fellowships and Graduate School Advisor, Christine Overstreet, can also be a resource as you think about graduate school programs. What can you expect from a graduate school advising visit? Christine can guide you generally about the application process; help you determine how to position yourself as a strong candidate; and serve as a sounding board as you consider the pros and cons of programs you have researched. For advice on specific programs, it is best to consult faculty in those fields. For questions about admissions guidelines, consult administrators at your schools of interest.

Enrolled students seeking feedback on their personal statements for graduate school are encouraged to meet with any SAW Mentor at the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Center. All SAW Mentors have received training to work with students on graduate school personal statements and short answer essay questions.  To make an appointment at the SAW Center in the Williston Library, please call 413-538-2651, or go online to MHC SAW.

For general guidance on resumes, students should consult the helpful resources on MHC’s Career Development Center website.

Students who are thinking of applying to law school should meet with Meghan Godhorov at the Career Development Center (call 538-2080 to make an appointment).

Those interested in graduate study in the health professions should contact contact Jackie Collette at 538-3389 in the Office of Pre-Health Programs in 125 Clapp to schedule an appointment with a pre-health advisor.

Students or alumnae (who were graduated within the past twelve months) may schedule an appointment with Christine, however, please understand that, particularly in the fall, your appointment may need to be scheduled several weeks from the time you make the request. The Office of Fellowships is located in Dwight Hall, second floor, rooms 217C & 217D.