Graduate School Resume

A resume written for graduate school or professional school should enhance your application and provide the admissions committee a glimpse into your academic accomplishments and experiences as an undergraduate student. Resumes for graduate school may be formatted as one-page resumes or as multiple-page CVs. Graduate school resumes should focus on the following:

  • Education. Academic information is a focal point of this resume. Highlight research, awards, presentations, conferences, publications, international study, and certifications. If you completed a senior project, include information about it.
  • Experiential education/relevant experience. Focus on experiences related to your educational or career goals, such as: internships, class projects, volunteer experience, co-ops, shadowing, and work.
  • Community involvement. Include campus or community activities that developed your leadership, communication, time-management, and other skills that can lead to success in graduate study.

Depending on your experiences and accomplishments, you may have additional categories to include. If you are uncertain about what to include, talk with a career consultant.

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The CV is a comprehensive biographical statement, typically three or more pages, emphasizing professional qualifications and activities. The CV works best for job-seekers applying for positions in academics or research. The CV may also work well for graduate school applicants required to elaborate on research experience and/or research interests.

The CV is far more detailed (typically 3-8 pages or more) than a resume (1-2 pages). The CV can include educational and work achievements, research experience, languages, skills, grants/fellowships/scholarships, classes, licenses or certifications, professional associations, and other relevant information. A resume is a shorter, concise document that highlights aspects of your background that relate to the position for which you are applying. Unless the prospective employer specifically requests a CV, it is safest to send a resume. Graduate students seeking employment outside academia will want to create a traditional resume instead of a CV.

CV Headings May Include:

  • Personal and Contact Information
  • Applicant Information
  • Professional, Vocational, or Research Objective
  • Education
  • Relevant Course Work
  • Awards, Honors, and Patents
  • Research Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Relevant Experience
  • Publications
  • Related Skills (including technical)
  • Presentations
  • Conferences Attended
  • Professional Licenses or Certifications
  • Memberships and Associations
  • Institutional Service
  • Community Service
  • References

Visit the Career Center main office for resources and sample CVs.