Statement of Interest
The statement of interest is one of the most critical parts of your application. Be sure that what you write addresses the issues identified by the department's application materials. Demonstrate to the faculty that your career goals have been well thought out and that you know what you're getting into. If you have experience which is relevant to your program of interest, be sure to provide details. It's helpful to highlight your strengths, but don't dwell on facts that are readily evident elsewhere (e.g., grades, GRE scores). If you can identify weaknesses in your application, then the faculty will likely identify them as well. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances, or that those skill levels are more accurately reflected by some other assessment, you can address that in your statement of interest or in a separate letter directed to the Admissions Committee.
REMEMBER: No matter how strong your application is, you may not receive an offer of admission. There are many factors taken into account during the admissions process, some of which have little, if anything, to do with a particular applicant. For example, consideration must be given to availability of suitable mentors in a particular area, faculty advising loads, etc. Then there is always the simple limitation of space. The applicant pool will vary from year to year, as will the ability of the department to accommodate additional students in particular degree and focus areas. Therefore, it will often be necessary to turn away seemingly well-qualified applicants. Applicants should take this into consideration when making decisions about the number of schools to which they will apply.
|Last updated April 01, 2013|