Your personal statement is an integral part of your application to the School of International Service (SIS) and is a space where we get to know you on a more individual basis. Please select your academic level and application semester (if applicable) to read your specific essay prompt(s) and download the essay template.

Instructions:

Please review the essay question below. When you are ready to begin your essay, use the PDF template at the end of this page. If you are unable to download the PDF template, you may use Microsoft Word or another commonly accessible word processor. Upload your document file to the "SIS Statement of Purpose" Supplemental Item within your application portal. Note that the Supplemental Items section is only available after you have submitted the online application form.

Your statement of purpose should clearly state your reason for undertaking graduate studies in your chosen field, what you expect from the program and how you can contribute to the program. It should include your research interests and your academic and career objectives. As the statement is an opportunity for the committee to know you, discussions of your relevant qualifications and experiences will be highly helpful. The statement should also demonstrate your composition skills and analytical ability. While there is no minimum or maximum length, we suggest a length of approximately 1,200 words.

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Instruction:

Please review the three admission essay questions below. When you are ready to begin your essays, use the PDF template at the end of this page or respond to each question in a single word document. Upload your completed PDF or word document file to the "SIS Statement of Purpose" Supplemental Item within your application portal. Note that the Supplemental Items section is only available after you have submitted the online application form.

Question 1: Personal Narrative/Overview Length: 300 words

Please share the story of your background, experiences and academic interests that have led you to decide to pursue graduate school at this time and in this field. What has prepared you for this endeavor and what unique skills, experiences or perspectives would you bring to SIS?

Question 2: SIS Graduate Program Length: 300 words

The field of International Affairs is broad, and SIS has a wide range of degree options reflecting that breadth. Please choose an international issue of importance to you and use it to illustrate:

  • why you are applying to the specific program you have chosen
  • how you think this degree will serve your academic and career aspirations
  • how it will help you advance SIS' commitment to the service of humanity

Question 3: Values Length: 300 words

As one of the largest schools of international affairs, SIS is committed to making our field more closely resemble the diversity of our population, and to training our students to use inclusion as one of our best hopes for identifying innovative solutions to our global challenges. With this aspect of SIS’ mission in mind, please answer one of the following questions:

  1. How would your understanding of the global challenges of social inequality and inequity inform your studies at SIS, your role in the SIS community as well as your future work?
  2. The professional field of International Affairs continues to suffer from a lack of racial/ethnic diversity and practices of inclusion. How have you engaged with racial/ethnic diversity in your past school or work environments, and/or how do you envision yourself contributing to a more inclusive workplace in grad school and in your future career?
Download essay template

Instructions:

Please review the essay question below. When you are ready to begin your essay, use the PDF template at the end of this page. If you are unable to download the PDF template, you may use Microsoft Word or another commonly accessible word processor. Upload your document file to the "SIS Statement of Purpose" Supplemental Item within your application portal. Note that the Supplemental Items section is only available after you have submitted the online application form.

Your statement of purpose should clearly state your reason for undertaking graduate studies in your chosen field, what you expect from the program and how you can contribute to the program. It should include your research interests and your academic and career objectives. As the statement is an opportunity for the committee to know you, discussions of your relevant qualifications and experiences will be highly helpful. The statement should also demonstrate your composition skills and analytical ability. While there is no minimum or maximum length, we suggest a length of approximately 1,200 words.

Download essay template

Instructions:

Please review the essay question below. When you are ready to begin your essay, use the PDF template at the end of this page. If you are unable to download the PDF template, you may use Microsoft Word or another commonly accessible word processor. Upload your document file to the "SIS Statement of Purpose" Supplemental Item within your application portal. Note that the Supplemental Items section is only available after you have submitted the online application form.

Your statement of purpose should clearly state your reason for undertaking graduate studies in your chosen field, what you expect from the program and how you can contribute to the program. It should include your research interests and your academic and career objectives. As the statement is an opportunity for the committee to know you, discussions of your relevant qualifications and experiences will be highly helpful. The statement should also demonstrate your composition skills and analytical ability. While there is no minimum or maximum length, we suggest a length of approximately 800 words.

Download essay template

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Applicants are encouraged to attend our “How to Craft a Competitive Application” workshop or small-group information session for tips on writing a strong application essay.

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