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Getting Into Graduate School

Getting Into Graduate School
A Comprehensive Guide for Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

Senior Capstone

July 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In this exciting new book, experienced author, professor, and teacher Greg Privitera—2013 Advisor of the Year at St. Bonaventure University and recipient of the SBU Award for Professional Excellence in teaching in 2014—draws on his extensive expertise to give students a step-by-step plan for success in preparing for and applying to graduate school. Broad in scope and rich in detail, Getting Into Graduate School includes insights into how graduate school selection committees decide on candidates, a concrete freshman-to-senior-year plan, and samples of application materials, resumes, and cover letters. This empowering book provides everything students in psychology and the behavioral sciences need to map their course to academic and professional success.

Section I: What Are Graduate Schools Looking For?
Chapter 1: Making The “Grade” in College
Chapter 2: The Big Three: Academics, Scholarship, and Activities
Section II: What Should You Be Doing From Freshman To Senior Year?
Chapter 3: Freshman Year: Find a Direction
Chapter 4: Sophomore and Junior Years: Pursue Opportunities
Chapter 5: Senior Year: Select Schools and Complete Applications
Section III: Completing Parts of the Graduate School Application and More
Chapter 6: Writing a “Letter of Intent”
Chapter 7: Writing a Résumé and Curriculum Vitae
Chapter 8: Submitting, Interviewing, and Waiting
Section IV: The Decision Letters and Next Steps
Chapter 9: Acceptance and Rejection: Realizing Opportunity In Both Cases
Chapter 10: Reflecting on the Process and Graduation

“Privitera helps students to keep their eye on a goal and a prize from day one of college, and he helps them to understand that long-term thinking can enhance all areas of life.”

Ramani Durvasula, California State University, Los Angeles

“The single most impressive aspect…is the concrete plan outlined for how students can plan for applying to graduate school, as early as their freshman year.”

Stacy Bender, Alfred University
Key features



  • The book begins and ends with a hypothetical graduate school selection committee meeting.
  • A step-by-step guide for how to manage academics, scholarships, and activities from freshman to senior year helps readers develop a plan that will make them stand out among qualified applicants.
  • Coverage of how to complete graduate school application materials includes samples of successful application materials, cover letters, and resumes.
  • Guidance on managing acceptance and rejection prepares readers for the ups and downs of the application process.
  • The book is interspersed with inspirational quotes and expert guidance from senior administrators at top universities.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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