What to Expect When You Apply to Graduate School
Generally, you would start your search for graduate schools during your junior year of your undergraduate degree. Once you have researched the schools and the faculty members you are interested in working with, it is time to organize your materials. Also, it would be a good idea to contact faculty members you are interested in, formally asking them if they are taking on new graduate students for the year you are applying.
Each school has its own requirements when applying to graduate school, so make sure you clearly understand what each school needs from you and when they need it by. For deadlines and necessary information about Ohio University visit the Psychology Graduate Studies
Once you have submitted all applications and other necessary forms, you should receive contact from each University sometime in February (again, every university is different). At this point you will receive a letter of rejection, a consideration, or an acceptance letter.
The consideration and acceptance letter usually leads to a visit to the campus and a face-to-face interview with faculty members. These visitations usually take place at the end of February or the beginning of March.
After the interview, you will either be extended an offer to the program or you will be placed on a wait-list. If placed on a wait-list, depending on your rank, you will receive an offer if the candidates above decline the offer. Again, many universities are different and more competitive, so offers, rejections, and wait-lists vary.
Once you receive an offer, you will have to accept by a deadline or the offer will be given to someone else. The offer acceptance deadline for most universities is early April. Once the offer has been accepted you will start class that fall semester/quarter. (Some universities offer summer assistantships to first year graduate students).