This Course Includes:

  • 3 hours of on-demand video

    You have access to 10 modules with short how-to videos to simplify the graduate school application process

  • 40+ page application guide

    You have access to a digital copy of the Grad Apps Demystified Guide with templates, handouts, exercises, and more!

  • 20 public podcast episodes

    You have access to a curated list of optional podcast episodes to listen to so that you can keep learning on the go

  • 1-hour coaching session

    You will have the opportunity to meet with Dra. Yvette for a one-hour coaching session for writing support, organizational support, and accountability.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Deciding to Apply

    • Grad Apps Demystified Resource Guide

    • Pre-Course Survey

    • Introduction and Deciding to Apply

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 2

    Module 2: Creating a Grad School List

    • Creating a Grad School List

    • Grad School List Template (in Excel)

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 3

    Module 3: Reviewing Your GPA and GRE Scores

    • Reviewing GPA and GRE Scores

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 4

    Module 4: Drafting your Application Materials

    • Drafting Your Application Materials

    • CV Template (in Word .docx)

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 5

    Module 5: Requesting Recommendation Letters

    • Requesting Recommendation Letters

    • Optional Podcast Episode

  • 6

    Module 6: Applying for Funding

    • Applying for Funding

    • Optional Podcast Episode

  • 7

    Module 7: Sending Transcripts and Fee Waiver Forms

    • Sending Transcripts and Fee Waiver Forms

    • Optional Podcast Episode

  • 8

    Module 8: Preparing for Interview Days

    • Preparing for Interview Days

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 9

    Module 9: Negotiating Funding

    • Negotiating Funding

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

  • 10

    Module 10: Preparing for the Transition

    • Preparing for the Transition

    • Grad Student Budget Template (in Excel)

    • Optional Podcast Episodes

    • Post-Course Evaluation Form

Resources in this Course

Below is a list of the downloadable resources you'll gain access to in this course to help simplify the graduate school application process

  • Grad School List and Curriculum Vitae Template

  • Grad School Fit Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Contacting Recommenders Email Templates

  • Contacting Grad Students and Faculty Email Templates

  • Questions to Ask Grad Students and Faculty

  • Graduate School Essay Writing Exercises

  • Grad School Interview Questions

  • Funding Terminology and Sample Packages

  • Funding Negotiation Email Template

  • Grad Student Budget Template and more!


  • Who is this course intended for?

    This course is intended for first-gen students and students of color who are interested in learning how to apply to graduate school.

  • How long does it take to complete the course?

    The course includes 10 modules with a total of three hours of video instruction. Keep in mind that there are homework assignments and handouts to review in each module. The intended timeframe is to go through the material gradually in 8-10 weeks but you can work at whatever pace is best for you.

  • How long will I have access to the course?

    You will have unlimited access to the course and can go back to access the course content at any time.

  • Do you offer refunds?

    Given the instant delivery of the course content, I do not offer refunds. Please contact me if you have questions about the course before signing up.

Your Instructor

Dr. Yvette Martinez-Vu

Dr. Yvette is a first-gen Xicana mother-scholar who works as an academic coach and consultant. She has a BA in English and PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA. For over 10 years, she has helped first-gen students of color prepare for doctoral programs. She's also the host of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast and a proud mom of two. If you're interested in learning all about how to prepare for grad school, then you're at the right place.

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