Four Questions to Address In Your Graduate School Letter of Intent
Many graduate schools list a letter of intent, or personal statement, as an application requirement. Not sure what that means, or how much weight it carries? Read on for insights and tips from our admissions team at Adler University.
Here at Adler, we believe the letter of intent is one of the most important parts of your application; while transcripts tell us about your academic career, your letter of intent tells us about you as an individual. It essentially says, “Admissions Committee, this is who I am, this is who I want to be professionally, and this is why you want me to attend Adler University.”
Our directions for writing it are brief: Discuss your personal and professional experiences, your career goals, your interests relevant to the program to which you are applying, and your reasons for applying to Adler. We keep these directions fairly open intentionally, so you can tell us what’s important to you.
That said, we are happy to help steer you in the right direction. Here are four questions to address in your letter that go a long way in giving our admissions team the information we want about you as a prospective student:
1. What do you want to pursue?
What interests you about a specific program? Adler offers several online degree programs, so our admissions team wants to understand why you are applying for a particular one. We want to know that you know where you you’ve been, where you want to go, and that you’ve done your homework researching your intending program.
2. Why Adler University?
Why do you want to study with Adler? What is it about what we offer that will help you get to where you are going? Perhaps you first heard about us from a graduate you know and admire, or you simply share our steadfast belief in social values and want to connect with likeminded peers. Whatever it is, tell us what makes Adler the right graduate school for you.
3. Where do you plan to go?
Describe the settings that interest you when it comes to your career, and the types of populations you intend to work with. How will Adler University help you toward your goal of boosting employee morale and productivity within an organization, for example? Are you hoping to advance your career in the nonprofit sector, or become a legislative and public policy advocate?
4. Why now?
This question is especially important for those that are returning to school after a long break. Correlate your academic background, work, and extracurricular activities to detail why you are a great fit for not only the program, but for our entire university as well. Let us know: what makes this the ideal time for you to earn your degree, and for Adler to admit you as a graduate student?
One final tip: Keep it professional. Avoid sharing too much personal information or personal issues in your letter of intent. Once you start graduate school, being a student becomes somewhat of a second job for the next couple of years. To get the job, it’s important you make a positive, professional impression right from the start.
Think you’d be a good fit for one of Adler’s online master’s programs? Explore what we have to offer now, or contact our admissions team for more application advice.