How to Write a Personal Statement for a Master's

Updated July 20, 2017

A personal statement for a master's programme reveals who you are and your potential to succeed in graduate school. A well-written personal statement, with enough supporting evidence, can be a determining factor on your acceptance. A personal statement gives you the opportunity to explain anything that was missed in the application and to expand on anything that requires more explanation.

Read and follow the directions provided by the graduate school. Do not deviate from what is asked.

Brainstorm and choose a topic. Think about your educational experiences, work experiences, and goals to help you pick a topic. Pick a topic that you can provide sufficient evidence without exaggerating the truth. The topic should demonstrate how you are picking the right graduate school and are a perfect fit for it.

Write your thesis statement to help you stay focused when writing.

Pick the order in which you will write your supporting evidence. You need to prove how your qualifications and experiences have prepared you to join the master's programme. Your strongest evidence should come first.

Write your personal statement following the order you picked. Use active voice and avoid vague statements because they will not prove anything to the graduate school.

Explain how receiving your master's from the graduate school will affect your goals. Be realistic when explaining. Demonstrate knowledge of how difficult it might be, but show that you are determined to reach your goals.

Read your personal statement out loud to yourself and edit it. Ask others to help you edit; contract an editor if needed.

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