In addition to CARC reference library and free workshops, the following graduate school prepartion services are available to registered Harvard Extension School students.
Drop-in and call-in graduate school counseling
Did you come to the Harvard Extension School to prepare for application to graduate school? Many students do. Maybe you are considering business or law school or perhaps, a degree in education, public health, or social work. Omar Sultan Haque psychologist, psychiatrist, and director of admissions from Veritas Tutors can offer helpful advice about the graduate school process and your future plans. Please note that if you are interested in a graduate degree at the Harvard Extension School you should not use this service, but schedule an appointment with the program's admission advisors. Visit the program website and choose the contact link.
Omar can answer quick questions about the graduate school application process (e.g., the role of the personal statement, garnering letters of recommendation, and advice on graduate school exams). He can also discuss how (and if) graduate school is critical to your future plans.
Drop-in appointments—about 20 minutes each—are available Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm (last appointment is at 12:40 pm), September 14 to November 16 during the fall semester, and February 8 to April 19 in the spring semester (no appointments will be held on March 22).
No registration is necessary, but you do need to fill out the intake form before the meeting. Just come by the Undergraduate Office (at 51 Brattle Street, Room 501) or call (617) 495-9413.
Can’t come to drop-in hours? Check out CARC's graduate school information sheets (found at the bottom of the page) and follow these top five tips:
- Do some career exploration and informational interviewing to be sure you need a graduate degree for your dream career.
- Get graduate school advice from trusted professionals, such as current instructors, past faculty advisors, your undergraduate institution's career center, and national academic organizations, like APA or MLA.
- Network to garner 2-3 strong letters of recommendation.
- Sign up for a graduate school exam prep course and take the exam BEFORE submitting your applications. You need to know your score to determine your reach (a bit out of your range in terms of GPA and test scores), target (right in your range), and safety schools (a bit below your range).
- Graduate schools make safe decisions based on 3 straightforward factors: ability, motivation, and uniqueness. Keep these questions in mind when preparing your applications: How can I demonstrate my ability, prove my motivation, and highlight my uniqueness?
Manage credentials for postgraduate study or a job search through Interfolio, an online credential service for colleges and universities. With an Interfolio account, you may store and manage letters of recommendation, writing samples, test scores, unofficial transcripts, and other documents you need for an application package for graduate study or employment.
The fee is $19 to set up a 1-year account and $6 to send out an application. Registered Harvard Extension School students, degree candidates, and alumni are eligible for a discount. Pay just $5 for the first year, plus the standard fee for each mailing. Please e-mail CARC at email@example.com to receive the link to the discounted login page. You must use this designated page to simultaneously sign up for the service and receive the discount. We cannot extend the discount after you create an account.
Faculty Aide Program for degree candidates
This program provides an opportunity for degree candidates to develop research skills while supporting faculty in their research projects. Making a connection with a scholar in your field of interest now could prove invaluable when you are planning for graduate school.
Who is eligible?
- Associate in Arts or Bachelor of Liberal Arts candidates with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
- Master of Liberal Arts candidates with 3.5 or higher GPA.
Finding a position
Open positions are e-mailed to degree candidates in October and March. Or you may approach a Harvard faculty member in your area of interest to learn if he or she needs research assistance. Approval of student-initiated projects depends on availability of funds. Deadlines for student-initiated projects are October 1 for the fall term and March 1 for the spring.
Hours and pay
As a faculty aide, you are paid $12 an hour for a maximum of 50 hours (you work about 5 to 10 hours a week for 5 to 10 weeks). You can hold only 1 faculty aide position a term.
Review the Faculty Aide Program information sheet.
Download graduate school information sheets