Graduate School Application Draft
(For graduate or professional schools) Look up faculty and alumni profiles on the program website or LinkedIn. What are faculty members passionate about, through their research, service, and/or community engagement? What do alumni say about their program experience?
After you have gathered some preliminary information, it’s time to incorporate what you’ve learned in your cover letter to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the company or program, most likely in the Introductory Paragraph for cover letters. For letters of intent, the placement of your research information depends on the specific instructions outlined by the program website.
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How to Write a Letter of Intent When Applying to a Graduate Program
Research-oriented graduate programs (Masters and PhD) often require applicants to submit letters of intent. Typically, a program admissions committee uses the letter of intent to determine whether the applicant's academic and career goals fit with the program and the professors' areas of expertise. The letter of intent may also be used to match a successful applicant with a supervisor.
Focus on goals
In writing your letter of intent, describe clearly why you want to study for a graduate degree. How will the degree enable you to accomplish your career goals? What areas of research interest you? Mention one or two research areas in sufficient detail to allow the admissions committee to form a clear picture of your interests. A few references to the research literature are helpful. Explain how your background and acquired skills have prepared you to succeed in the program and in your areas of research specialization.
Your letter of intent and declaration of research interest is not a binding contract. Although the letter may be key to your admission into the program and facilitate your assignment to a supervisor with similar interests, most programs recognize that students' goals and interests change and that such changes are legitimate. Usually you are free to switch to a different specialization within the program.
Contact a professor
A good strategy for choosing a graduate program is to read the CVs of professors who teach in the program. Pay particular attention to their lists of publications. If you can identify one professor whose research specialization most closely matches your interests, it is often a good idea to contact him or her by email or telephone to get more information. Most professors are happy to talk with potential students about their research and the graduate programs they teach in.
Size and format
Your letter of intent should be one to two pages of succinctly written prose, or 400 to 800 words including a brief reference list. Appropriately citing a few research articles demonstrates that you have some aquaintance with the area in which you are proposing to work, and that you understand the conventions of bibliographic citation in that area. When applying to programs in the social sciences and education, your citations should strictly adhere to APA (American Psychological Association) form.
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