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4 Requirements You’ll Need To Apply For Grad School


Going to grad school may well just be the next step you can take to advance your career. After all, pursuing graduate studies is an investment in your professional growth too. But before becoming an official grad student, you’ll need to apply to a school first. Mahalagang handa ang mga requirements mo so that it’s easier to apply to your prospect schools!

Get ready for grad school by getting your requirements ready. While schools require different documents depending on their processes and your choice of program, here are four things that are commonly asked for grad school applications:


  • Must have an undergraduate degree
  • Must have qualifying marks in the entrance exam (if any)
  • Must have at least one year professional working experience (depends on the school)


Transcript of Records

This is a record of all the subjects (as well the grades) you’ve received during your undergraduate studies. The school will use this to see whether you have taken the required number of units for your graduate degree program.

Schools also use this to check if your academic background fits the graduate program you want to pursue. This varies across different courses of study.

Where to get: Registrar

How much: Fee varies depending on the school

Personal Statement or Letter of Intent

A personal statement is a way for the school to know your motivations for pursuing graduate studies. In this essay, you can share significant things about yourself that the school won’t find in your application form and transcript of records. Think of it as telling the story of how you came to the decision of pursuing graduate studies.

A letter of intent, on the other hand, is an essay about your professional experience, academic credentials, and research or project you plan to do through grad school. Schools may require either one or a combination of both in one essay. Either way, it should be able to express your potential for success after grad school!

Where to get: You must write your own personal statement or letter of intent

How much: Free

Recommendation Letters

Grad schools usually ask for 2-3 recommendation letters. You can request these from people in your professional or academic background. Kagaya ng employer, supervisor, or colleague.

While schools often indicate from whom you should request recommendation letters from, you can choose the people to ask from. Siguraduhin na kilala ka ng taong kukunan mo nito. Recommendation letters should reflect your work ethic and attitude towards pursuing grad studies. They’re especially important when you’re applying for a program that’s out of your field of expertise!

Where to get: Supervisor, Employer, or Colleague

How much: Free, but give the people recommending you enough time to accomplish it!


A resume serves as an overview and proof of your educational and professional background. If your motivations for pursuing grad school are in the personal essay, your resume should back this up. Dito makikita ng eskwelahan kung pasok ang iyong work experience at skills for the graduate program you’re applying to.

Where to get: Write your own resume

How much: Free

Pursuing graduate studies is definitely a worthwhile investment for your future. Tulad ng mga importanteng bagay sa buhay, take time to sit down and thoroughly prepare for it. Don’t cram your grad school requirements!

If you’re worried about the finances, Bukas can help pay for your graduate studies! Apply for a Bukas tuition installment plan, and we can cover up to 100% of your tuition and other school fees while you pay us back in low monthly installments. Isang bagong yugto ang pagpasok mo sa grad school. At hindi ka nag-iisa, kasama mo ang Bukas throughout your grad school journey!

Learn more about Bukas and how we make education affordable for thousands of Filipino students like you. Apply for a tuition installment plan in your upcoming intake, and join our growing community for more tips and advice about all things student life. A better tomorrow awaits. Sa'yo ang Bukas!

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