Get Ready and Go to Graduate School for a Master’s or Doctoral Program

Choose an Elective Track as a Sophomore/Junior: All UVU Family Studies majors take a core of 10 prescribed courses. This ensures your Certified Family Life Educator certificate upon graduation.

Beyond these courses there are three specific elective tracks of courses and one “other” track:

  1. You can take the mediation courses and become a Utah State Certified Mediator— this is the mediator track (BESC 3410: Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation; BESC 4200: Communication and Conflict; & BESC 4200: Advanced Mediation and negotiation)
  2. You can take the human development/life span courses and prepare for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Marriage and Family Human Development— this is a professor career track (PSY 3200: Infancy and Child Dev; PSY 3210: Adolescent Dev; & PSY 3220: Adult Dev)
  3. You can take pre-counseling/therapy courses— this is the Marriage and Family/Therapist track (PSY 3400: Abnormal Psy; PSY 4300: Intro to Counseling and Psychotherapy; SW 4400: Intro. To Group Psychotherapy)
  4. In the Fall of Your Senior Year:
    1. Research your graduate program and find out which exam you have to sit for.
    2. Start looking for faculty who can write you a letter of recommendation (typically 2 faculty and an employer or volunteer supervisor are required).
    3. If possible visit with graduate school faculty in the programs you’d like to enter.
    4. Find faculty in the program you’d like to enter who already do work in the area of your desired education. Call them and visit via phone or in person.
    5. Fill out the Letter of Recommendation Checklist and email it to those faculty who will write a letter for you
    6. Prepare a basic Vita (Vita is the academic name for Résumé).

Most Common Graduate School Exams:

Letter of Recommendation Checklist (Fill It Out and Give it To Those Who Write A Letter of Recommendation for You)

Who are you Remind professor when you took a class, assisted with teaching, & participated in service project/club. Make it easy for him/her to remember details about you.

What are you trying to accomplish by having the letter written (IE: get into grad school program)

What do you want to do for a career (in other words grad school is a step along the path to your becoming…)

What are the criteria set up in the application information (IE: minimum GPA, description of “ideal student”, and other required criteria).

What was your overall and last 2 year’s GPA (explain if overall GPA was lower when you got it together and started making good grades)

Which studies have you participated in and in which capacity

What specific types of research have you performed? (IE: Surveys, participant observations, clinical studies, etc.)

Where and when did you volunteer

Where and when did you show leadership State that you respect diversity, maintain professional boundaries and confidences, have a proven work ethic and record of starting and finishing things.

When will you graduate and with which emphasis? What other degrees and when received

What extracurricular activities did you experience(IE: club, teams, etc.)

What is your work history

What Student memberships do you hold in national associations (IE: APA, ASA, AAA, AACS, NASW, etc.)

What clinical work experience do you have

What languages do you speak, software can you use, and certifications do you hold

What major obstacle did you have to overcome in order to succeed in life/university

Basic Vita Guidelines

  1. Always list most recent to least recent events on your Vita
  2. Become the manager of your Vita (keep a Shoe box of flyers to remind you about what you did and when, update it immediately, keep a backup copy, print a hard copy each month, customize it when it’s time to get a different job or degree)
  3. Be concise
  4. Make your Vita a life long effort
  5. Keep evidences/proofs (programs from conferences, thank you letters, awards, certificates, news paper articles)
  6. Your Vita is your life. Keep it from Freshman Year – Graduation. It will make you more likely to get into graduate school and get PAID to earn your degree (called Graduate assistance ships)
  7. Copy and paste this outline into Word document and fill in the blanks with your information


Name, Address, Phones, Emails

Purpose Statement : The purpose of this Vita is to demonstrate my qualifications as a successful graduate student in your program

Education :

2007 , BS in Behavioral Sci.-Psychology UVU
2005, Assoc. Behavioral Sci. UVU
1999, Timpanogas High School

GPA=2.9 GPA (Last 2 years)=3.56

Employment :

Volunteering :

Clinical Experience :

Research & Scholarship : CITIRB Certification #

Honors & Awards :

Committee Work :

Extracurricular Activities :

International Experience & Diversity Skills:

Professional Memberships :

Computer and Technical Skills :

References :