Graduate Pathways

Graduate Pathways is a month-long event series held each October to help USF students and alumni explore Graduate and Professional School opportunities.

Students and alumni who participate in the event series may be eligible for a discounted Test Prep Package for the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT entry exams. Details about this discount can be found below.

All Fall 2020 Gradaute Pathways events, including the Graduate & Professional School Fair, will be held virtually.

Use the directory below to quickly navigate to a section:
Workshops | Graduate & Professional School Fair | Test Prep Package Discount


What is Graduate School, and How Do I Choose the Right One?

Thinking about earning your Master’s degree, M.D., or PhD? Join us as we help you create a plan for exploring your professional and graduate school options. We’ll help you learn how to find programs that are a good fit for you here at USF and other universities. You will also learn about entrance exams and admissions requirements.

DATE: Tuesday, October 6
TIME: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here to register.

Preparing Your Personal Statement

Do you know what colleges are looking for in a personal statement? Join us for this workshop, in partnership with the MUMA College of Business, and learn the key pieces to include in your personal statement. We’ll discuss the purpose of the personal statement, choosing a topic, and how to focus your writing.

DATE: Tuesday, October 13
TIME: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here to register.

Planning for Graduate Study as an International Student

Each year approximately 600,000 international students study at the graduate level in the United States. Join international advisors from the Office of International Services for a discussion of considerations for prospective international graduate students, including where Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities might fit into their academic journey.

DATE: Tuesday, October 20
TIME: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here to register.

Paying for Graduate School

Learn about your options for financial aid, including grants, loans, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.

DATE: Tuesday, October 27
TIME: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
REGISTER: Click here to register.


Register for the Graduate and Professional School Fair to meet with admissions professionals from different schools and professional degree programs from around the country. USF graduate school programs will also be in attendance for students and alumni who may wish to continue their education right here at USF!

DATE: Thursday, October 29
TIME: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
REGISTER: Registration will be available beginning on August 24, 2020.

Registration Information

The Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair will be held virtually through the Handshake platform. All students and alumni interested in attending the Fall 2020 Graduate & Professional School Fair must register for the fairs in Handshake.

To access your Handshake account, log into MyUSF and under the My Resources tab, choose the option to "Find A Job (Handshake)." This will log you into Handshake automatically. If you experience issues logging in, please email us at Do NOT attempt to create your own account as it will not be fully connected to USF and you will not be able to see positions, events, or appointments.

Why do I have to register?

In order to meet with admissions professionals and sign up for virtual one-on-one or group sessions with program recruiters, you will have to register for the fair.

How can I register?

Registration is easy through Handshake, and will begin on August 24. Once it is available, click the link to register, or search for the fair directly in Handshake's Fairs section. Click the "Register/Join Event" button, answer a few quick questions, click "Finish" and you're done!

For detailed, step-by-step instructions, click here.

What happens after I register?

Once you've registered, you will be able to sign up for one-on-one and group sessions with graduate and professional schools. Their recruiters will set up their schedules in the Handshake fair and you can pick an available time that works well for you.

Be sure to select a time that you know you will be able to attend. If you decide you are no longer able to attend that session, leave the session so that it becomes available for another student. If you do not attend a session you have signed up for, you may be subject to any or all of the items listed in our No-Show Policy.

Test Prep Package Discount

Want to take an online, instructor-led GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Test Prep course? How about taking those courses at a huge discount?

Well you can! Attend all five of the Graduate Pathways events and pass a knowledge check in Canvas, and you will be eligible for a $150 GRE or GMAT, or $200 LSAT test prep course! The GRE and GMAT courses are normally valued at $869; the LSAT course is normally valued at $995.

Miss a workshop? Catch up in Canvas! Get access to the Canvas course for recordings of the workshops by first registering for the event in Handshake. A link will be sent to you to access the course.

You will be required to complete a short knowledge check quiz with a score of at least 70% to be counted as having "attended" the workshop. You must complete this by November 15, 2020 in order to be eligible. This offer is only available for the first 150 students who qualify.

You must attend the Graduate & Professional School Fair during the scheduled fair time in order to count towards the Test Prep Package discount. Information from the fair will not be available after the fair ends.

Students who were deemed eligible for the Test Prep Package discount will be contacted after the event series ends with further instructions. This offer is only available for the first 150 students who qualify.