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Statement of Purpose (Graduate Only)

This section only applies to graduate applicants. 

The Statement of Purpose section is where you can write a brief statement describing your reason(s) for pursuing graduate or post-baccalaureate study. Include any additional information concerning your preparation that is pertinent to your specified objective. 


  • Keep your Statement of Purpose general: Follow the prompt in the Statement of Purpose section to write your statement. Keep the statement general as this essay is sent to all the programs you apply to. If you plan to only apply to one program, we still strongly recommend keeping your statement general in case you later apply to additional programs. Once you submit your application, the statement cannot be edited or changed. 
  • Do not exceed the maximum length: Refer to the number below the Statement of Purpose field in the application. This is the number of characters (not words) that you can use in your essay. As you type, you can see how many characters are still available. Characters include spaces, carriage returns, and punctuation. You cannot save your statement if it exceeds the character limit. 
  • Use your own words: Plagiarizing any part of your essay is a violation of the Release Statement and may subject you to sanctions. 
  • Use simple formatting: Formatting such as tabs, italics, multiple spaces, etc., will not be saved. To delineate paragraphs, type a double return between each paragraph.


Be sure to read over your essay several times to catch any spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., errors before submitting. Once you submit your application, you cannot edit your essay. If you find an error after submission that you believe could have major effects on your application, we recommend sending a corrected copy directly to the programs you applied to.

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