UW Graduate School

Grad School 200: Preparing for Graduate Education

grad-school-200-portraitWhat is GRDSCH200?

GRDSCH 200 is a course designed to help undergraduate students ask and answer the questions about graduate and professional school that will help them find the path that’s right for them, whether they decide to pursue an advanced degree at the UW or look into other options. It offers an overview of the structure and organization of graduate education, and focuses on helping students learn the skills to find resources, build a network and make decisions about continuing their studies beyond the baccalaureate.

What this class is

  • An opportunity for you to find out about graduate school, the application process and work on developing materials for the application
  • A chance to really think about what you want to do in life and if graduate school is a part of that
  • A large lecture style class dependent on student engagement and involvement. You will be helping each other throughout the course.
  • A fun way to get 2-credits while doing things you would normally have to just do on your own at home

What this class is NOT

  • A set of hard and fast rules about graduate education and/or the application process
  • A class to tell you that you SHOULD go to graduate school
  • An individual assistance course on the application process.
  • A guarantee that you will get into graduate school.

Why should I take GRDSCH200?

GRDSCH200 is for students who are sure they are going to apply to graduate school and for students who are unsure if graduate school is the right option for them or want more information in order to consider pursing a graduate degree. Graduate school is a large commitment and big life decision. Being clear about why you want to go and what you intend to pursue helps you make the most of your time, energy and money. We want to help you make better decisions towards your academic and career goals and carefully consider your options.

Who takes GRDSCH200?

The course is open to course offered junior and senior UW undergraduate students–and non-matriculated or post-BACC students–from all disciplinary backgrounds. Since its inception, we have taught more than a thousand students from all disciplinary backgrounds with widely varying graduate academic interests.

More about who takes the course

When is the best time to take the class?

There is no “right” time, but feedback from students has given us some insight on the timing for students to take the course. Graduate school applications are typically due between December and February for Fall admissions. For students who want to transition straight from their Bachelor’s degree into a graduate program, this generally means apply during the first quarter of their senior year. Seniors who have taken the course in the Fall right before their application is due have reported feeling very pressured to get the content out of the class in time to apply. For that reason, students who want to transition straight from their undergrad to graduate school we recommend that you take the course either Spring or Summer quarter finishing your junior year. However, the class can benefit you no matter where you are at in the application process even if it’s doing to the application while taking the class or if you might choose to take a gap year or more.

Is GRDSCH200 only for those interested in applying for graduate school at the UW?

NO! We want to help prepare UW undergraduates to be the strongest applicants possible regardless of where you want to pursue graduate school. While we would love for our undergraduates to apply to graduate school at the UW, we also are thrilled to see UW undergraduates applying to programs world-wide.

How do I register? Whom do I contact?

Find out about the upcoming offerings for GRDSCH200 and contact information.

See Registration Information

Kudos for the course

We feel this course is helpful to anyone interested in applying to graduate school, we also know that sometimes it’s necessary to hear it from those who have taken the course and from publications about our success.

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