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Don Martin ’94 PhD


Don Martin ’94 PhD is an expert on all things grad school. A former dean of admissions at Northwestern, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago, Martin started his own business—Grad School Road Map—in 2008. Almost a decade later, Martin has coached more than 250 grad students, spoken at more than 50 colleges and universities worldwide, and published a book, Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students.


On March 29, Don will share his expertise with the Northwestern community in a free webinar, Q & A with an Expert on the Graduate School Experience. In this interactive webinar, Martin will offer insights and answer questions about all aspects of the graduate school admissions process, from research to applications to enrollment.


A native of Philadelphia, Martin began his own graduate school journey in 1988, applying to the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern with the goal of studying higher education administration. The program “was a perfect match,” says Martin, “and the faculty and staff really care about students.”


Martin—who says he grew professionally and personally during his six years at Northwestern—still remembers watching the registrar add “PhD awarded” to his profile, calling it his “favorite Northwestern experience.”


Martin says that his Northwestern degree opened doors for him professionally and helped pave the way to his current career. By sharing his insights in the graduate school experience, he hopes to help others fulfill their educational and career goals.


Martin says the webinar program offers “the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the Northwestern community, and in doing so, help students and alumni considering graduate education.”


Learn more about the NAA’s career webinar series and upcoming webinar offerings.