Thinking about graduate school?

Klesis (which is Greek for "calling" and pronounced klay'sis) is a program to nurture and guide juniors and seniors who are contemplating graduate study and provides preparation for those already planning to attend graduate school. 

Essential features of the program: 

  • Mentoring in the life of the mind and Christian scholarship 
  • Discernment of calling and vocation 
  • Preparation for graduate school admission and persistence

About the Progam

As a Klesis scholar you will engage in a two-year program typically staring in the fall of your junior year. Klesis will provide you with discipline-specific mentoring from faculty, preparation for the GRE and application essays and intentional interactions with other juniors and seniors through reading and discussion groups.

Your experience with Klesis is customizable through consultation with your assigned mentor based on your major, interests and needs. You will be encouraged to utilize your mentor-mentee relationship by gaining knowledge and experience through presentations, workshops and off-campus excursions provided by the program. If you wish you participate in substantive research at the college, the program supports student faculty collaborative research through student travel grants. 

Klesis is available to students who have an excellent academic record or have been nominated by a faculty member. If applicable, invitations and an application link will be emailed to you directly. 

Once you are accepted into Klesis, you may request a specific faculty member to become your mentor, or one will be assigned to you. 

Faculty Nominations

If you are interested in nominating a student, remember, Klesis supports the process of exploration and discernment for students. As you consider whom to nominate, it is not necessary that a student has already stated an interest in graduate programs. While considering appropriate nominees, consider which students would benefit from the essential features of Klesis. 

Klesis is open to students of all majors and at all stages of vocational exploration. Nominees should include students who might consider careers in higher education, rather than students already firmly committed to "professional degree" programs. 

To nominate students or if you have any questions, please email Steven McMullen at mcmullen@hope.edu. Nominations should include the name, email address and class (junior or senior) of the student(s) you wish to nominate.