Preparing for Graduate and Professional School
There are a lot of resources available to students who wish to move on to graduate or professional school. Planning early is often key, especially to prepare for professional (law, education, medical) school. Unlike graduate studies in engineering, where your undergraduate work has automatically prepared you to move on, preparation for a professional school often requires typical coursework outside of the engineering curriculum. Your advisor can help you determine how to incorporate these extra courses into your schedule.
There are some common requirements to move on past your undergraduate degree. A strong undergraduate GPA is generally required, along with letters of recommendation from past instructors. Research is an important aspect of graduate school as well as some professional programs, and so having research as an undergraduate will often help to make you a more competitive applicant.
Finally, graduate school applications generally require a statement of purpose, which should identify to the program why you want to continue your studies and where your interests lie. A strong statement of purpose is very important to match your interests with appropriate research opportunities.
The best way you can start to prepare for these options is to look into the requirements for various programs early in your academic career, as well as to consult with an advisor in that area. Following are some links that will be of assistance to you in learning more about common graduate and professional paths for engineering students.
You can find admission requirements and contact information for every graduate program offered at OSU, as well as information about the admissions process, financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Contact information for all the graduate programs offered through the College of Engineering.
Would you like to stay at OSU for a few more years? Why not earn your graduate degree in Civil Engineering?
Pre-health, pre-law- and pre-education aren't majors at OSU, but are official areas of academic interest. This website has a wealth of information about preparing for these programs, as well as contact information for advisors who specialize in these areas of academic interest.