The graduate application essay is generally 1-5 pages and is your opportunity to share relevant information about yourself, your goals, and why you would make a good match for the particular graduate program to which you are applying.

The following essay question must be answered by all graduate applicants unless otherwise listed below. If your program is listed, there are unique questions related to that individual program that will need to be answered and would supersede this question.

Required essay question
(unless your program is listed below)*

  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?

 

THE FOLLOWING 7 PROGRAMS HAVE ALTERNATIVE ESSAY QUESTIONS:

Educational Leadership EdD
  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
  2. Do you currently hold a K-12 teaching and or administrative certificate? If so, please list them.
  3. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership requires that candidates be involved in planning and implementing a series of initiatives targeted at specific improvement needs that candidates identify and in which they may exercise leadership. Describe a problem in your area of interest that typifies the kind of issue that you would like to pursue as a leadership professional and why you think it is important to address. Identify the contexts and responsibilities in your current position which would allow you to exercise leadership.
Exceptional Children & Youth MEd
  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
  2. a. Select an important problem facing individuals with disabilities or the schools, teachers, or other people who work with them and propose a solution to this problem; or, b. Describe an experience in your own life that influenced your decision to work with individuals with disabilities; or, *c. Upload a brief paper that you submitted in a recent education course to your application file.
International Business MS, MS/MBA
  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
Liberal Studies MA
  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
  2. Submit a 3-5 page essay about your intellectual interests and life experiences and how you think these can be developed in the MALS program.
MBA (Business Administration) MBA

The Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics program essays are reviewed for originality and proper referencing of cited materials.

  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
  2. Getting your message across to prospective customers is a key element of a business plan. Please critique our effort to market the University of Delaware MBA programs by using specific examples of where and how you heard about our program (e.g., specific radio station, internet site, publication, TV station, etc.) and honestly assess how effective that vehicle was in drawing you to apply for admission. What are some strengths of these marketing efforts and what could be done better? What is the best way to reach prospective students like you? We are looking for insightful, specific and brief essays.
  3. (Optional) Is there any other information, not covered elsewhere in your application, that you would like to share with the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee? Are there special circumstances related to your academic record, such as low GPA or low GRE/GMAT scores that you feel we should know about? Are there any challenging social, economic, educational, cultural or other life circumstance that you have overcame to achieve success in higher education?
MBA Online (Business Administration) MBA

The Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics program essays are reviewed for originality and proper referencing of cited materials.

  1. Outline your educational plans and career goals and discuss how your proposed plan of graduate study relates to them. Some areas of discussion might include: Specific attributes of the program at UD that lead you to believe that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives. Within the area of study you have selected, are there areas of special interest to you?
Nursing Science PhD
  1. What is your research area/topic of interest? Use the literature to provide an explanation about what is known about this topic and why additional research needs to be done in this area. Based on your review of the literature, propose three research questions that you would like to explore in doctoral studies.
  2. What are your professional objectives? How will resources (i.e., faculty, other) at the University of Delaware help you to achieve your objectives and pursue your area of interest? Which School of Nursing faculty member would best fit as your mentor? Why?
  3. How have your education, prior research experience and professional and/or personal activities and achievements prepared you for doctoral studies in Nursing Science? Cite specific examples.

 

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