Applying to Graduate School

In this presentation, Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will demystify the process of applying to doctoral programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  From 1990-2005, Dr. Rifkin was on the faculty of a major research university and for 10 years served on or chaired his department’s graduate admissions and fellowships committee.  

At this presentation, students will learn:

How to select courses and experiences (undergraduate research, internship, study abroad, etc.) to prepare for eventual application to a doctoral program in the liberal arts

How to select programs to apply to

How to prepare your application: GREs, recommendations, statement of purpose

How to prepare for the GREs

How to ask for letters of recommendation and whom to ask

What is going on the other side: how applications are reviewed and how fellowship recipients are selected

How to make your choice: how to choose which graduate program to attend

This presentation is appropriate for students in any year at Hofstra (freshman through senior) thinking about a doctoral program in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.  This presentation is not designed for students interested in professional school programs (e.g., Medical School, Dental School, Business School, Law School).

Date: November 1, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: 145 Student Center



Dr. Benjamin Rifkin

Wednesday, November 01, 2017



Student Center - Sondra and David S. Mack
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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