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Personal Statements

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement for each application that is submitted. The statement should include information on any area of special interest within the program they have selected; previous experience while working or volunteering in a related field; and career plans as perceived at present. Special thought and consideration should be made to this statement.

The personal statement should be at least 1 page in length. The personal statement and C.V. / resume should be attached to the on-line application as a Word or pdf file. It is recommended to use font styles similar to Arial, GT Times or Times New Roman. Font size should not be smaller than 10 points, or larger than 12 points. Page margins should be 1".

The personal statement is separate from a student's resume and C.V. and the application will not be considered complete until the statement has been received.


Applicants are welcome to include a Resume or C.V. as a separate item. Please see “Special Program Requirements” to review instructions for those academic programs that require specific information contained within the personal statement and/or C.V.

Research Statement

Applicants may submit a statement of prior research experience.  This statement should include your role in the research, description of your project and any outcomes. Please include information on any presentations or papers resulting from the project.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the required personal statement, a number of our academic programs require supplemental material such as a writing sample. Please refer to the "Special Program Requirements" webpage for a complete list.