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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 21 PROGRAMS HAVE ALTERNATIVE ESSAY QUESTIONS:

Art History PhD, MA
  1. What are your research interests and professional objectives? How will studying at the University of Delaware help you to pursue them? How have your education and extra-curricular experiences prepared you for graduate studies in Art History? In your response, you may wish to discuss a recent book you read, a museum exhibition you visited, or a work experience you had and explain how it shaped your ideas about Art History and your interest in pursuing a graduate degree.
Biological Sciences PhD, MS, PhD/MBA
  1. What scientific research experience have you had?
  2. What are your research interests and long-term professional objectives?
  3. What specific attributes of our Department make you feel that it would be a good place for you?
  4. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you feel we should know about?
Biotechnology PSM, CERT
  1. What scientific research/employment experience have you had? Please be specific about the field of work and job responsibilities
  2. What are your long-term professional objectives?
  3. What specific attributes of our Department and the PSM in Biotechnology make you feel that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives?
  4. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you feel we should know about?

*NOTE: Applications to the PSM or Certificate in Biotechnology programs also must include a resume or CV outlining work and/or academic experience in the field of biotechnology

Childhood Foreign Language Education MA

Your personal statement is a very important part of the application and is read with great care. It is highly recommended that you invest ample time in composing this statement and include enough detail to communicate your fit with our program. Your statement should address the following matters:

  1. It should describe why you have selected our program (MAFLL, MAFLP or MACFLE) and how you intend to use the degree to fulfill your career goals or further educational aspirations.
  2. It should provide any other information about you (your experience, specific interests, talents or abilities, and/or your academic record) that you believe is important for the admission committee to know. If you are currently registered in a graduate program at this or another university, please explain why you wish to leave.
  3. If you are an MAFLP applicant intending to pursue the certification track, please mention this in your essay.
Disaster Science & Management PhD, MS
  1. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them and allow you to achieve them? Within you major field, are there special areas of interest to you? Please explain. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you wish to explain or that we should know?
Education PhD

Applicants should introduce themselves and discuss educational and career goals related to the Ph.D. in Education program and how this program is a good match for their interests. Applicants should identify their area of specialization and potential research interest. While there are no requirements set by the School of Education, personal statements are generally 2-5 pages in length.

Educational Leadership EdD
  1. Explain why you are applying to this particular program, that is, why do you want to be admitted to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership?
  2. 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 the contexts and responsibilities in your current position which would allow you to exercise leadership.
  3. 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.
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.
Foreign Languages & Literatures MA

Your personal statement is a very important part of the application and is read with great care. It is highly recommended that you invest ample time in composing this statement and include enough detail to communicate your fit with our program. Your statement should address the following matters:

  1. It should describe why you have selected our program (MAFLL, MAFLP or MACFLE) and how you intend to use the degree to fulfill your career goals or further educational aspirations.
  2. It should provide any other information about you (your experience, specific interests, talents or abilities, and/or your academic record) that you believe is important for the admission committee to know. If you are currently registered in a graduate program at this or another university, please explain why you wish to leave.
  3. If you are an MAFLP applicant intending to pursue the certification track, please mention this in your essay.
Foreign Languages & Pedagogy MA

Your personal statement is a very important part of the application and is read with great care. It is highly recommended that you invest ample time in composing this statement and include enough detail to communicate your fit with our program. Your statement should address the following matters:

  1. It should describe why you have selected our program (MAFLL, MAFLP or MACFLE) and how you intend to use the degree to fulfill your career goals or further educational aspirations.
  2. It should provide any other information about you (your experience, specific interests, talents or abilities, and/or your academic record) that you believe is important for the admission committee to know. If you are currently registered in a graduate program at this or another university, please explain why you wish to leave.
  3. If you are an MAFLP applicant intending to pursue the certification track, please mention this in your essay.
Information Systems & Technology Management MS, MS/MBA
  • 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?
  • Please answer one of the two following questions for Essay 2. Be sure to identify which question you have selected within the essay.
    1. Describe an obstacle you have faced in your professional or academic life. How did you overcome this obstacle and how did it foster your development?
    2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
International Business MS, MS/MBA
  1. Why do you wish to pursue your graduate studies at the University of Delaware? What, in your opinion, makes UD special?
  2. What are your career objectives and how will the MS IB degree help you achieve your goals?
  3. What does the word “global” mean 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?
MPA (Public Administration) MPA
  1. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them and allow you to achieve them?
  2. Within you major field, are there special areas of interest to you? Please explain.
  3. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you wish to explain or that we should know?
MPA Online (Public Administration) MPA
  1. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them and allow you to achieve them?
  2. Within you major field, are there special areas of interest to you? Please explain.
  3. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you wish to explain or that we should know?
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.
Teacher Leadership Online MEd
  1. Outline your short-term and long-term career goals and discuss how a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership relates to them.
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  3. The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership teaches candidates to lead from the classroom. Describe a problem in your professional setting that typifies an issue you would like to pursue as a teacher leader and why you think it is important to address.
  4. The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is delivered 100% online. It requires students to be self-initiated learners and excellent time-managers. Describe how you plan to manage your time so you are able to fulfill your course requirements.
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Teaching English as a Second Language MA

You should present a carefully planned and written statement of one to two pages in length describing what led you to pursue a degree in TESL, any past work in TESL or TEFL, your expectations of the University of Delaware M.A. in TESL program, and how you intend to use the degree to fulfill your professional career or further educational aspirations. Please include additional information you feel important for the graduate committee to know about you. If you are currently registered in a graduate program at this or another university, please explain why you wish to leave. The personal statement must be submitted electronically as part of the admissions application.

Urban Affairs & Public Policy PhD, MA
  1. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them and allow you to achieve them? Within you major field, are there special areas of interest to you? Please explain. Are there any special circumstances related to your academic record that you wish to explain or that we should know?

 

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