Career Development Services offers assistance with graduate school application advising, online Graduate School Bound Program, and resources.

Graduate & Professional School Resource Handbook  (PDF, 672.7 KB)

Accepted to Graduate School?

Congratulations! Please share this information with Career Development Services by completing a short survey.

Graduate School Application Advising:

Meet with a career services staff member during Drop-In Career Counseling to discuss the graduate school application process, planning, and preparation methods.

Graduate Studies Center:

The Graduate Studies Center (GSC) is dedicated to providing academic, professional and personal support services for post baccalaureate students at CI. Our services aim to facilitate access to post baccalaureate programs, to promote student success and program completion, and to foster professional, personal, and workforce development.

Location: El Dorado Hall

Graduate Writing Studio:

Writing instructors are available to assist graduate students with thesis writing or prospective graduate students who need assistance with personal statements or letters of application for graduate program admission.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Graduate Studies Center located in El Dorado Hall via email at, call (805) 437-3579, or visit

Graduate School Bound Program

The purpose of Graduate School Bound Program is to assist CI students who are interested in graduate school exploration, decision-making, planning and the preparation process of applying to graduate school. This online program is intentionally designed to provide in-depth assistance with the graduate school planning process. The Graduate School Bound Program is a self-paced online format combined with weekly drop-in career counseling for further support.

Graduate School Bound Program Modules:

TitleModuleSupplemental Documents
#1 Career and Educational Goals Module #1 (MS Powerpoint, 241.5KB)

What To Do & When (PDF, 14.9KB)

Timeline (PDF, 170KB)  

Process (PDF, 182KB)

#2 Exploration and ResearchModule #2 (MS Powerpoint, 288KB)

Planning Guide (MS Excel, 37.5KB)

Evaluating Graduate Programs (PDF, 82.1KB)

Selecting a Graduate School (PDF, 81.5KB)

#3 Graduate School Application PlanningModule #3 (MS Powerpoint, 1.8 MB)Questions to Ask Graduate School Representatives (PDF, 216.0KB)
#4 Financial Aid & Test Preparation Module #4 (MS Powerpoint, 452KB)

GRE Test Preparation Resources (PDF, 195.9KB)

Graduate School Financial Aid Resource List (PDF, 172.16KB)

2012-2013 GRE Informational Booklet (PDF, 1.0MB)

#5 Personal Statement & Letters of Recommendation Module #5 (MS Powerpoint, 346.5 KB)
Graduate School Admissions Essays (PDF, 110KB)
Sample Graduate School Admissions Essays (PDF, 87.5KB)
#6 Enrichment and Experience Module #6 (MS Powerpoint, 255KB)

Graduate School Interview Questions (PDF, 92.5KB)

Graduate School Bound Program Evaluation Survey Link