Unlike undergraduate applications, grad school applications strongly emphasize recommendations and the applicant's statement of purpose. Grad school requires hard work and dedication, so the school wants to see that you will thrive in their program and in the work force after you graduate.

A timeline for applying to graduate school for University of Virginia Second Year, Third Year, and Fourth Year students.

In the application process, you may be asked to provide a curriculum vitae (CV). A CV is a type of resume used for academic purposes that includes a summary of your educational and professional qualifications.

Most graduate schools require an entrance exam as part of the application process. Common exams are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Almost all grad school applications require a statement of purpose. Take advantage of the chance to express your passion for what you'll be studying, your commitment to your work, and your sincere desire to contribute to the program to set yourself apart from other applicants.

Most grad programs will require letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic ability, interest in the field of study, or personal character.