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Advancement to Graduate Education (AGE) Workshops

The AGE Workshop Series takes place in the fall and spring semesters. This series of workshops is designed to help students prepare for graduate school.

Workshops for students exploring graduate school are available in the EXPLORING track, workshops for students preparing for graduate school are available in the PREPARING track, and workshops for students currently applying to graduate programs are in the APPLYING track.

If you have any questions, please call the Graduate Studies Office at (818) 677-2138. Workshop schedule will be available in September.

Please click on the tab below to view and register for one of the scheduled workshops.

EXPLORING Track Workshop Details

SEPTEMBER

  • Grad School 101
    Speaker: GRAD Center Peer Mentors Monica Padilla, MS in Family and Consumer Sciences student and Alex Blake, MSW student
    Date: Tuesday, September 20th  
    Time: 6:00pm-7pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: Are you considering whether graduate school should be a part of your future?  This workshop is for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We will review the basics: the difference between a master's and PhD and the possible career paths for both; the timeframe for different graduate programs; how to pay for graduate school; what life is like for graduate students; and things to consider in continuing your education beyond your current degree program. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

 

  • Using your Time at CSUN to Prepare for Graduate School
    Speaker: GRAD Center Peer Mentors Anxo Vazquez-Lozada, EdD in Educational Leadership student and Jaymee Ortiz, MS in Speech Language Pathology student
    Date:
     Monday, September 26th
    Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will discuss the types of coursework and activities that graduate programs typically look for, and ways you can gain these experiences during your time at CSUN.  You will be guided through some online resources that will help you look for various opportunities (jobs, internships, clubs & organizations, research, service, coursework) that specifically align with your career goals and major.  You will leave with concrete ideas of things you can do over the next year(s) to gain valuable experience that graduate programs are looking for. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

 

OCTOBER

  • Grad School 101
    Speaker: GRAD Center Peer Mentors Indira Martinez-Dubon, MA in Psychological Science student and DeVere Vidamuerte, MA in Psychological Science student
    Date: Monday, October 10th  
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: Are you considering whether graduate school should be a part of your future?  This workshop is for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We will review the basics: the difference between a master's and PhD and the possible career paths for both; the timeframe for different graduate programs; how to pay for graduate school; what life is like for graduate students; and things to consider in continuing your education beyond your current degree program. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

 

  • Using your Time at CSUN to Prepare for Graduate School
    Speaker: GRAD Center Peer Mentors Monica Padilla, MS in Family and Consumer Sciences student and Alex Blake, MSW student
    Date: Tuesday, October 18th
    Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will discuss the types of coursework and activities that graduate programs typically look for, and ways you can gain these experiences during your time at CSUN.  You will be guided through some online resources that will help you look for various opportunities (jobs, internships, clubs & organizations, research, service, coursework) that specifically align with your career goals and major.  You will leave with concrete ideas of things you can do over the next year(s) to gain valuable experience that graduate programs are looking for. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

 

 NOVEMBER

  • Grad School 101
    Speaker: GRAD Center Peer Mentors Anxo Vazquez-Lozada, EdD in Educational Leadership student and Jaymee Ortiz, MS in Speech Language Pathology student
    Date: Monday, November 7th
    Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: Are you considering whether graduate school should be a part of your future?  This workshop is for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. We will review the basics: the difference between a master's and PhD and the possible career paths for both; the timeframe for different graduate programs; how to pay for graduate school; what life is like for graduate students; and things to consider in continuing your education beyond your current degree program. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

 

  • Using your Time at CSUN to Prepare for Graduate School
    Speaker: 
    GRAD Center Peer Mentors Indira Martinez-Dubon, MA in Psychological Science student and DeVere Vidamuerte, MA in Psychological Science student
    Date: 
    Sunday, November 13th
    Time: 
    5:00pm-6:00pm
    Location: 
    Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: 
    In this workshop, we will discuss the types of coursework and activities that graduate programs typically look for, and ways you can gain these experiences during your time at CSUN.  You will be guided through some online resources that will help you look for various opportunities (jobs, internships, clubs & organizations, research, service, coursework) that specifically align with your career goals and major.  You will leave with concrete ideas of things you can do over the next year(s) to gain valuable experience that graduate programs are looking for. While this workshop is open to all students, it might be of particular interest to students in the colleges of Health and Human Development, Arts, Media, and Communication & the University Library, Education, Business and Economics & Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Mathematics & Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    Click HERE to Register for this workshop.

PREPARING Track Workshop Details

We recommend you take advantage of the CSUN Career Center's CareerLink and Handshake resources to build your resume.  You can stop by their Drop In hours to get a resume critique!

Building your writing skills is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for graduate school.  We suggest you take a look at the Writing Workshops offered by the CSUN Writing Center, and challenge yourself to sign up for support in creating Lit Reviews, working with the citation style of your field, and more.

APPLYING Track Workshops Details

  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation and Building Relationship with Faculty
    Speaker: Dr. Stefanie Drew
    Date: Wednesday, November 2nd
    Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is to provide students with guidance on developing student-faculty mentoring relationship, as well as assisting students with the process of requesting faculty letters of recommendation.

  • Overview of the Graduate Application Process
    Speaker:
    Professor Heidi Schumacher
    Date: Thursday, November 3rd
    Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Location: Via zoom
    Workshop Description: In this workshop, we'll offer an overview of applying to graduate school.  We'll discuss the components of graduate applications, the timeline for applying, how to select schools to apply to, and where to look for information about those schools.
  • Overview of the Graduate Application Process
    Speaker:
    Professor Heidi Schumacher
    Date: Wednesday, November 9th
    Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Location: Via zoom
    Workshop Description: In this workshop, we'll offer an overview of applying to graduate school.  We'll discuss the components of graduate applications, the timeline for applying, how to select schools to apply to, and where to look for information about those schools.
  • Overview of the Graduate Application Process
    Speaker:
    Professor Heidi Schumacher
    Date: Wednesday, November 16th
    Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Location: Via zoom
    Workshop Description: In this workshop, we'll offer an overview of applying to graduate school.  We'll discuss the components of graduate applications, the timeline for applying, how to select schools to apply to, and where to look for information about those schools.
  • Statement of Purpose and Diversity/Personal Statement
    Speaker:
    Dr. Anastasiia Timmer
    Date: Friday, November 18th
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Location: Via Zoom
    Workshop Description: The Statement of Purpose (SOP, sometimes called Personal Statement, Objectives Statement, or some other similar title) is generally the most important component of your application, and the Personal/Diversity Statement (or some similar title) complements that document to reflect on how your lived experience has contributed to the goals outlined in your SOP.  In this workshop, we will explore how this document outlines what you intend to focus on in a graduate program, how all of your academic and work experiences thus far have built towards this moment, and how your intended school is the ideal place to pursue your graduate education. We’ve created three groups for this workshop based on similarity in expectations for the document, so you’ll receive targeted information to your general field.  We will discuss strategies for standing out from the crowd while also adhering to the structure and content schools expect in the document. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of content and approach so you can get started with a draft.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE APPLYING TRACK WORKSHOPS