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Fundamentals of Graduate School Admissions

An elective course in the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate Program.

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Course Description

This course is a broad survey of the four areas of specialization in which graduate school consultants are most frequently sought: MS/PhD programs, medical school, law school and MBA programs. The MS/PhD admissions process is described in detail, and topics unique to it, such as researching programs and writing a Statement of Purpose, are given considerable attention. Guest lecturers will describe best practices and trends in medical school, law school and MBA admissions. Elements of medical school, law school and MBA admissions that differ from MS/PhD admissions, such as the application timeline, will be particularly emphasized. Case studies will be drawn from the instructor’s private practice.

We highly recommend students complete EDUC_X406 Principles of Independent Educational Consulting prior to enrolling in this course. See enrollment confirmation for login information. Due to high demand, early enrollment recommended.

NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

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  • Details
  • $745
  • January 30, 2023 to March 05, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00064
  • ID/Units: EDUC X406.91  (1.50)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2023


Stephen Asztalos received his doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1998. Prior to matriculating, he spent six years as a consultant to the nuclear power industry. After receiving his Ph.D., Steve spent 15+ years as a research scientist in various industrial, governmental and academic settings. He is a coauthor of more than 120 publications in areas that include: astrophysics, particle, and nuclear physics. His core expertise is in grant writing and computer modeling. In 2012 Steve founded Academically Speaking, in which he assists applicants in the graduate school admissions process, and since 2016 has served as chair of the IECA Graduate School Committee. Since 2008 he has held the title of Adjunct Professor of Physics at California State University, East Bay. His current research interests are in stellar evolution and black hole accretion phenomena.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbooks are required for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/30/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END03/05/2023Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---