How to Apply to the Goddard Graduate Institute
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All applicants to Goddard’s Graduate Institute must submit the following:
1. Online Application for Admission
Submit the $65 application fee. Where there is a demonstrated financial hardship, the Office of Admission may waive the application fee. Please contact your admissions counselor for instructions.
2. Educational Essay and Study Plan
Write no more than 1,000 words about yourself in relation to your proposed graduate study. Be sure to consider these points:
- What do you want to study?
- What events in your life have led you to want to earn a graduate degree? Discuss the skills you wish to hone (such as critical thinking/writing, oral communications, research skills) and/or your professional goals.
- What has been your educational and experiential background in these areas?
- What will having a graduate degree mean to you on a personal and professional level?
- Briefly articulate your graduate inquiry question or statement. Your response will serve as a template for constructing your individualized study plan should you be admitted to the Goddard Graduate Institute. Provide a preliminary list of resources that you intend to consult while pursuing your studies (This list should include theoriests, books, journal articles, films, interviews, etc.).
- If you intend to transfer graduate credits (12 credits maximum), please list specific courses (prefix, number, title and name of institutions), and address how your previous coursework informs your future study at Goddard College.
3. Official transcripts
- Applicants to graduate programs must submit proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
- Transcripts and other official records must be submitted by the credit-awarded institution directly to Goddard College, Office of Admissions, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.
4. Letters of Recommendation
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation. At least one letter should address your ability to do graduate-level work. Letters can be from an academic or professional setting; or be from colleagues, advisors or mentors.
- Letters must be sent by their authors directly to the Office of Admissions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the Admissions Office, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.