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Go for the Goals in your Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is one of the best ways that you can demonstrate your intellectual development, ability to write and think clearly, and knowledge of your field. Graduate admissions committees want to know that you understand what you're getting into, and that you have the commitment to survive a demanding academic program.

So how can you prove that you know what graduate school is all about? If you aren't already a graduate student, you probably have little firsthand experience to draw upon, but you almost certainly do have a broad range of other relevant experiences that you can share as you work to show the admissions committee that you've done your research and know what you're going to do with your degree.

Identify your goals.
Write about your goals.

Identify your goals.

You know you want a graduate degree, but do you know exactly what you want to do with it? What is your purpose? The guidelines for your Statement of Purpose ask you to share your background, interests, and future goals-but are you sure exactly where you want this degree to take you?

Think about where you want to be after completing your graduate degree.

Do you envision yourself on the "tenure track," teaching and researching at a large university? Teaching at a community college in a smaller urban area? Moving from academic life into industry or consulting? If you're applying to Master's-level programs, will you be able to achieve what you want to achieve with your Master's degree, or will a Ph.D. be the natural next step?

Write about your goals.

Now that you have clarified for yourself exactly why you want to attend graduate school in your particular field, it's time to articulate it to the admissions committee!

Finally, remember that if you would like the guidance and support of experienced editors as you work on your Statement of Purpose or other parts of your grad school application, Accepted.com is here to help. We offer a range of services that can be tailored exactly to your needs.

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