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All You Wanted to Know About Ph.D. Programs

Six-week Ph.D. Preparation program available to Northwestern juniors and seniors

EVANSTON, Ill. --- It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about graduate school.

Starting Oct. 16, a six-week evening program for Northwestern upperclassmen can help students figure out if graduate school is right for them.

The Ph.D. Preparation Program provides practical information about graduate programs, what graduate programs look for in applicants and what it takes to successfully apply to and complete them.

Sponsored by The Graduate School, the Office of the President and the National Science Foundation, the free-of-charge program provides undergraduate participants the chance to get to know Northwestern graduate students and faculty and to learn about exciting undergraduate research opportunities.

The weekly sessions address topics relevant to graduate school application, matriculation, financing, retention and degree completion. No-cost GRE (Graduate Record Examination) instruction is available to students who complete the program. 

To date, more than 200 Northwestern undergraduates have completed the Ph.D. Prep program. The upcoming program will meet once a week from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 16. Students from underrepresented minority populations are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants to the program are expected to have a 3.0 or better grade point average.

For more information or to register for the Ph.D. Prep program, contact program director Cheryl Judice at or Andrea Abel, program coordinator, at

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