Preparing for Graduate School

The decision to pursue an advanced degree is fraught with concerns, including your motivation for the degree, how you will use it once you’ve obtained it, and how you will fund your education. Graduate Support understands these challenges.  We provide information and consultations for prospective students to get guidance, advice, and motivation they need to pursue their degrees in a Master's, Ph.D., or professional program. We support prospective students at all stages, including: researching programs, requesting faculty recommendation letters, writing a personal statement, and taking entry exams.

Whether you’re finishing a Bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, our graduate consultants offer support with:

  • Identifying your research or professional interests
  • Researching potential programs
  • Building a timeline for preparing and submitting applications
  • Writing application components, including writing samples and personal statements
  • Locating funding for your graduate education
  • Preparing right now or for the future

One-on-One Consultation

Sometimes the best way to get the information you need is to talk with a consultant one-on-one. Scheduling a half or one-hour appointment is the easiest way to do this. Schedule appointments by calling, emailing, or visiting in person in the basement of Zimmerman Library, Graduate Commons. 


Planning for Graduate School workshops are opportunities for undergraduates to talk with multiple graduate and professional students at one time. There are plenty of opportunities through-out the year to engage in thoughtful dialogue to voice your many questions and concerns. Workshops are hosted by many of the centers and organizations on campus and are open to all students. If you would like to schedule a workshop for a class or student organization please contact us via email.

Helpful Links

Graduate & Professional Degrees at UNM
Did you know UNM has more graduate than undergraduate degree programs? Explore programs at UNM here

UNM - Graduate Studies Website
Get UNM-specific information on how to apply for graduate school and about different ways to find funding

Peterson's Graduate School Search
Database of graduate schools with info on each

US News Graduate School Rankings 
Discover where your ideal graduate school ranks among others

Princeton Review Graduate School Resources 
Get guidance on preparing for the GRE exam among other things pertinent to finding the right graduate program 
Claims to be the #1 graduate school directory on the planet. Use this website to search for schools by subject

Wiki How to Plan for Graduate School
Learn the 11 Steps on how to plan for graduate school

Get advice on the right timing for graduate school

Contact Us

To schedule an individual appointment with one of our consultants, please call (505) 277-1407 or email We are also available to present on planning for graduate school for your class, student group, or meeting.