Statement of Purpose

Why Do You Want a Graduate Education?

Applicants should compose and upload a Statement of Purpose in the online application, outlining their goals for pursuing graduate education.  Specifically, applicants should describe their reasons for applying to the proposed program of study, their preparation for this field of study as well as any research experience in the discipline, future career plans, and any other aspects of a person’s background and interests which may aid the admissions committee and Graduate  Program Director in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

Note that some programs have specific instructions and guidelines related to information applicants should include in the statement of purpose, so it is important to follow the guidelines as recommended by the program to which you are applying for admission.

We recommend that you write your statement of purpose before beginning the online application so that it can be uploaded to your application portal ( when finished.  Note that applicants are required to submit the statement of purpose online and paper copies sent to the Graduate School will not be processed.