Are you thinking about grad school but don’t feel you know enough about it? Perhaps we can help. There will be an information session on applying to graduate schools (whether Carleton or elsewhere) on Wednesday November 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room 1501 CTTC (the building with the medical clinic — come to the back entrance and it is the first door on your right). All third and fourth year students in BGInS are cordially invited to attend. The session will be conducted by Drs. Candace Sobers, Marylynn Steckley, and Neil Gerlach and Jenelle Williams. Please RSVP by emailing

If you are not sure if graduate school is for you, this is a good opportunity to help you make up your mind. If you are sure that it is, we can help you prepare for it. Below are some questions that will be addressed at the session:

  • Is graduate school right for you?
  • What are the benefits and challenges?
  • How do you find the right program?
  • What is a statement of interest and how do I write it?
  • How do I get letters of reference? Who should and should not write them?
  • What should I submit for my sample of writing?
  • How important are grades compared to references, etc.?
  • Can I expect funding? If so, how much?
  • Do I need an honours degree to apply to graduate school?
  • Can I go into another discipline or do I have to stay in global/international studies?
  • To how many programs should I apply?
  • Do I need to obtain a thesis supervisor in advance?
  • How long does a Carleton M.A. Program usually take?
  • What does a thesis involve? A Master’s Research Essay? The coursework only option?
  • What are the timelines for an application?
  • What are some things I should do to prepare for an MA application?