Write Outstanding Admission/Application Essay(s),
CVs and/or Resumes
Most university departments will require one or more short essays as part of your application. One is usually
an autobiographical statement in which you describe the development of your career goals, and a second often
addresses the question of why you have chosen a particular department to which you are applying. It is
important that these essays be excellent, although a strong essay probably will not do much to compensate for
otherwise weak credentials, a bad essay can seriously hurt you. (Robert L. Peters, Getting What You Came For:
The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.)
Consider working with a career counselor to improve your
Resources for Application Essays
Graduate School Application Essay Writing 101
GradSchoolTips.com, "Helping You Choose The Best Graduate School, Application Essay"
College Admissions Advice
Statement of Purpose
Application Resume or Curriculum Vitae(CV)
You may be requested to submit a resume or CV as part of your application packet. Remember you are
presenting yourself as someone who will succeed in the academic world. Tailor the resume or CV with academic
language. Examples of headings include: research interests, education, exams and requirements, awards,
fellowship, honors, grants, publications, presentations, work in progress, teaching experience/competencies,
professional training, languages, professional affiliations, and university/department/professional service.
Following are links to sample resumes and CVs.
Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters