Grad School Admission Consulting

Graduate School Application Services

You know you want to go to grad school but there is one thing standing in your way...acceptance to a top grad program in your chosen field.

You first have to go through the application process, including studying for and taking standardized tests, writing personal statements and other essays, revising your resume/CV, choosing and coaching recommenders, and preparing for interviews. Top programs only take the best of the best.

Why not take some of the stress out of the process and put your best application forward with Accepted's team of expert graduate school admissions consultants?

Our grad school consulting team can help you show the admissions committee that you have what it takes to be an integral part of their class.

Learn more about the graduate school admissions consulting services we offer.

Comprehensive Grad School Application Services

Master's Application Packages

This flat-rate service includes help evaluating your target graduate schools, strategy, revising, and editing of your statement of purpose, advice on choosing and coaching your recommenders, polishing your resume, waitlist advice, and decision counseling.

Writing Sample Packages

Depending on the level of service you choose, our writing sample packages will give you guidance on developing your topic, advice on determining sources, an online, 1-2 critiques of your writing sample draft, and line editing.

PhD Application Packages

This flat-rate service includes brainstorming for you personal statement or statement of purpose, outlining and editing one statement of purpose and one research proposal, guidance on letters of recommendation, advice on your CV, interview prep, waitlist support, and decision counseling.

Services for Individual Grad School Application Components

Grad School Hourly Admissions Consulting

Where should you apply? How can you maximize your appeal to your target programs? How can you mitigate weaknesses? Our grad school admissions consulting services will help answer any and all questions you have about making this major decision.

CV/Resume Packages

This element of your graduate school application is usually the first thing admissions committees look at, so you want to dazzle them with your experience and qualifications. Choose from a comprehensive flat-rate package or an hourly service–whichever suits your needs. Both options save time while ensuring your achievements and impact stand out distinctly, adding excitement to your entire grad school application.

Grad School Application Essay Packages

Let our graduate school consultants help you brainstorm ideas based on your experience and goals, while guiding you through the writing process so that you tell your story with authenticity and impact. You'll emerge with an engaging, substantive, and compelling essay. Flat-rate packages provide comprehensive assistance with no clock ticking; hourly options can help you polish an essay you've already drafted.

Letters of Recommendation Services

Unsure what to write for a student you're recommending? Want an expert to review or polish your letter to ensure it hits all the high points for your graduate school applicant? Our LOR packages pair you with a med school admissions consultant who will interview you and draft an outline for the letter, and then edit your draft. This package ensures a strong, effective LOR for your candidate.

Grad School Application Final Check

Don't hit “submit” until you've had an Accepted graduate school consultant provide a final check for your application. We'll review and critique your essays, resume, and responses to short-answer and optional questions. If any part of your application seems wobbly, we'll offer specific recommendations to get it on firmer ground. We'll give you the green light when your self-portrait shows the adcom that you belong at their school!

Grad School Interview Preparation

Ace your interview after prepping with one of our grad school admissions experts–they know what you can expect and provide you with a dress rehearsal and meaningful feedback to strengthen your interview skills and calm your nerves. Your graduate school interview consultant will review your submitted application to help you put your best foot forward. Depending on the service you select, you can have 1-3 mock interviews so that you walk into your real grad school interview, calm, prepared, and ready for prime time.

Grad School Waitlist Strategy

Want to move from “Waitlisted” to “Accepted?” Our waitlist strategy services provide a review of your application materials and offer editing and/or consultation and guidance on writing a waitlist letter. This proven service saves time, eases worry, and strengthens your appeal to the programs who are still interested in you.

Grad School Scholarship Essay Services

Your expert graduate school consultant will review and critique your scholarship application essay, providing you with actionable feedback and ways you can improve your essay. Our flat-rate package also includes brainstorming and outlining.

Grad School Rejection Review

If you plan to reapply after a grad school rejection, this service is essential. Your consultant will review your graduate school admissions profile, critique one application, identifying weaknesses in your qualifications and your presentation of those qualifications. You'll learn how to bolster your application essays, CV, interview skills, and letters of recommendation, mitigate weaknesses and highlight your unique strengths, boosting your chances for acceptance in the next application cycle.

Grad School Career Coaching

Our highly experienced career coaching will help you explore and research career options, make career decisions, develop and implement job search strategies, interview prep, salary negotiation, career changing and more.

Want to speak with one of our graduate school consultants first? Not sure which admissions consulting service is best for you? 

We'd love to guide you through the process!

Meet Our Graduate School Admissions Experts

Michelle Stockman

Michelle Stockman

A former member of Columbia’s MBA admissions office, Michelle has a background as a digital/broadcast editor and reporter, tech and finance executive writing coach, and social media presenter, with global work experience in South Asia and Europe. In her more than 15 years of MBA and grad admissions consulting, she’s guided clients to admission to top U.S. and European MBA programs. Clients say Michelle, who has a Columbia University MS in journalism, is insightful, honest, creative, and problem-solving.

Learn more about Michelle Stockman.

Sadie Polen

Sadie Polen

Sadie has more than ten years of experience in higher education. She reviewed statements of purpose, personal statements, and resumes for political and public service opportunities and made candidate selections for elite programs at Harvard University. She also has experience advising individuals on their career and post-graduation plans. Sadie holds a BS from UC Davis, an EdM from Harvard, and a DEI certificate from Cornell.

Learn more about Sadie Polen.

Karin Ash

Karin Ash

With 30 years of career/admissions experience at four universities, including Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Business and College of Engineering, Dr. Karin Ash has met with thousands of recruiters seeking to hire the best students from leading schools. She has served as a member of the admissions committee, ensuring that the applicants who ultimately enroll are a good fit for the program and prime candidates for employers. Karin has been a Consultant with Accepted for 8 years and has facilitated students’ entry into top engineering, data science, MBA, and other STEM graduate MEng, MS, and PhD programs. Her clients have been accepted into MIT, the University of Chicago, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn, USC, and more than 60 other schools.

Learn more about Dr. Karin Ash.

Vanessa Febo

Vanessa Febo

Vanessa has more than seven years of graduate school and scholarship consulting experience and specializes in helping clients communicate their research and goals. She’s coached clients to top programs in engineering, English, social sciences, and business and has mentored applicants for major scholarships for the past five years. Vanessa has taught writing for over a decade and is particularly skilled in writing for professional communication. Her working style is client focused, organized, and positive.

Learn more about Vanessa Febo.

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Kelly Wilson

In her past roles as executive director of admissions at CMU Tepper and assistant dean of admissions at Georgetown McDonough and Pittsburgh Katz, Kelly oversaw admissions for 23 years for the MBA and master’s programs in management of information systems, computational finance, business analytics, and product management. Having approved more than 38,000 admissions decisions, she has a deep understanding of what top MBA programs value. Her working style is warm, supportive, straightforward, and organized. Kelly is also a member of AIGAC.

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Barry Rothman

Barry Rothman

Barry’s clients have successfully applied to MD, MD/PhD, dental, vet, pharm, PA, PT, nursing, optometry, podiatry, PhD, and MPH programs. He is an emeritus professor of biology, former health professions advisor, and former director of three post-bac programs at San Francisco State Univ. whose post-bacs had an 80% success rate. His Accepted clients have an even higher rate. He has his PhD in biochemistry from CalTech and conducted biomedical research at CalTech, UTMB Galveston, UC San Francisco, and SFSU.

Learn more about Dr. Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D.

Esmeralda Cardenal

Esmeralda Cardenal

Esmeralda consistently receives five-star reviews on Poets&Quants, GMATClub, and Trust Pilot for her personable coaching style, helping her clients present their best. Her nine years in MBA admissions as former Yale SOM associate director of admissions, Michigan State director of MBA admissions, and Cardiff Business School (United Kingdom) consultant prepared her to effectively help clients gain entry to elite MBA/EMBA programs and a wide range of master’s programs, as she’s done for more than eight years.

Learn more about Esmeralda Cardenal.

Alice Diamond

Alice Diamond

Formerly the associate dean for career and community service at Lesley University, Alice brings 35 years of experience in career and admissions advising for undergraduate and graduate students. She has expertise in working with candidates applying to top programs in a wide range of fields including psychology, social work, public health, public policy, education, expressive arts therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and environmental studies.

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Flash Gordon

Herman "Flash" Gordon

Flash applies his teaching of problem-solving and strategic thinking to helping clients present their most compelling stories to admissions committees. A tenured faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he was also the admissions committee chair and a neuroscience graduate admissions committee member. He earned his biochemistry AB from Harvard College and his developmental neuroscience PhD from Caltech and was a postdoctoral fellow at both the MRC Cell Biophysics Unit (London) and UCSF.

Learn more about Dr. Herman Gordon.

Mary Mahoney

Mary Mahoney

Mary earned her PhD from the University of Houston and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is director of medical humanities at a liberal arts college in New York and has been a tenured English professor, specializing in the personal essay, for more than 20 years. She also teaches narrative medicine, empathy, health equity, disparity, bias, and social justice. She specializes in helping medical school, psychology, and humanities grad school applicants, with whom she has a high success rate.

Learn more about Dr. Mary Mahoney.

Valerie Wherley

Valerie Wherley

As the former assistant dean of student affairs at the William Beaumont School of Medicine and former director of pre-health advisement and the Postbaccaulaureate Certificate Program at Sacred Heart University, Valerie brings more than 20 years of success working with pre-health candidates in medicine, dental, vet, PA, PT, OT, exercise science, and nursing. Her clients appreciate her expertise in the holistic admissions process and her patient, thoughtful, strategic, and data driven working style.

Learn more about Dr. Valerie Wherley.

Jennifer Bloom

Jennifer Bloom

Jennifer has helped applicants get into HBS, Stanford, Wharton, and other elite schools for 24 years. She is known for her fast (often next business day) response time, powerful wordsmithing, and meaningful guidance (she’s in Israel, where Sunday is a workday!). If you’re part of a dense applicant pool (e.g., Indian engineering, consulting, finance) and wondering how to stand out from thousands of others like you, speaking with Jennifer is the first step to creating an application that will get you noticed!

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Christie St-John

Christie St-John

Dr. Christie St-John, a member of AIGAC, has a deep knowledge of MBA, specialized master’s, and EMBA admissions. With more than 25 years of experience as MBA admissions director and career coach at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, she’s read thousands of essays and conducted thousands of interviews around the world. Her clients have been admitted to Columbia, Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, UCLA, Berkeley, Michigan, Virginia, Oxford, INSEAD, and ESADE, among others.

Learn more about Dr. Christie St-John.

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Cydney Foote

Having served on admissions committees at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and the curriculum development team at the UW School of Dentistry, Cydney uses her more than two decades of real-world admissions expertise to pinpoint what is unique about her clients’ stories and help them present their authentic voice. She has advised hundreds of successful applicants to MD, DO, and other healthcare programs in the United States and Canada and authored three e-books on medical education.

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Natalie Grinblatt

An AIGAC member and Michigan Ross MBA, Natalie has served as admissions dean/director at Michigan Ross, Cornell Johnson, and ASU Carey. With almost two decades of admissions experience, she’s helped hundreds of clients get admitted to top U.S. and international business schools, graduate programs, colleges, and universities in her 15 years as a consultant. Described by her clients as strategic, engaged, creative, nurturing, and direct, she’s earned high ratings on Poets&Quants, GMAT Club, and Trust Pilot.

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