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Graduate School Resources

Have you been considering graduate school? SWE has partnered with Michigan Engineering to provide valuable resources and information to help women engineers explore the career option of graduate school.

Hear more from SWE members as they pursue graduate school by watching the video below.

Your career is built upon the foundation you establish as an undergraduate. Make sure it's a strong one. Here are some helpful tips and steps to take on your way to entering graduate school.

  1. Build a strong undergraduate foundation
  2. Steps towards graduate school
  3. Graduate school myths
  4. Preview grad school
  5. Investigate graduate programs
  6. Master's vs. Ph.D.
  7. Maximize your experiences
  8. Graduate student life
  9. Mentoring
  10. After graduate school

Your application determines how well your experiences and goals match the offerings of your program of interest. Applications are reviewed as a complete package. All parts are important with special emphasis on research experiences. Click on any of the links below to get helpful tips on each step towards becoming a graduate student.

  1. Become a strong applicant
  2. Prepare your application:
  3. Interviews and Visitation Weekends
  4. Accepting Offers

Additional resources

Paying for Graduate School

Internal funding

As you compile a list of potential graduate programs,  pay special attention to funding opportunities offered by your potential graduate school and look for additional resources elsewhere. If you have questions, contact your program of interest.

You'll want to know:

  • What does the funding package cover (e.g., stipend, tuition, etc)?

  • How many years of funding do you provide?  Are there any restrictions or conditions?

  • Do health benefits extend to my partner? What do the health benefits include?

  • Does your university offer assistance for students with children?

  • Do you offer travel funds for conferences or research?

  • Do you offer emergency funds?

  • Does your program offer a moving allowance?

External funding

In addition to possibly providing money for school, applying for external fellowships strengthens your application. It tells the application committee you're driven, independent and committed.

University Support – Full-Funded PhD Programs

University of Michigan College of Engineering

More Financial Aid Resources:

Graduate Student Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Paying for your Master's Degree:

Engineering Scholarships:

Federal Student Aid for Graduate Students:

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