Graduate School - Essay Tips

Writing an essay that will tip the scales in your favor.

  • Use graduate level language to explain undergraduate accomplishments
  • Name drop and show your knowledge, i.e. name professors at your targeted institutions, mention research specialties, etc.
  • Name advisors (under the guidance of)
  • Name a few major thinkers in the field
  • Exposure to field – trace why you’re interested in the field, and what related experiences you’ve had.
  • Goals – for future, short and long term
  • Research interests – specifics
  • Address the school – What attracted you to this particular program?
  • Prove your qualifications – Discuss concrete experiences that show your abilities and qualities. Address weak areas and what you are doing to strengthen them.


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