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Graduate Personal Statement

One of the requirements of all graduate programs at Bridgewater State University is a personal statement.  Click on your program of interest below to view the specific questions you should address.

Accounting and Finance

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Athletic Training

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Business Administration 

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Computer Science

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Counselor Education

A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Criminal Justice

a 750-word statement of purpose that describes the experiences that have influenced your decision to study or work within the discipline of criminal justice or criminology.  Also, include the following:

  • Academic topics of interest 
  • Your commitment to social justice
  • How you see these issues reflected in the areas of criminal justice

Education: Initial Teaching License (APB Program)

Statement of desire to be a teacher, including descriptions of appropriate life experiences and experience with youth at the licensure level.

Education: Professional Licensure (MAT)

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Education for Educators in Non-U.S. Settings

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Educational Leadership

Letter of intent articulating the candidate's philosophy of Educational Leadership

Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

English

A 450-500 word statement of purpose, including reasons for undertaking the degree, relevant experience and aptitude, career goals, and academic topics of interest within English studies.

Health Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Instructional Technology

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Physical Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Psychology

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Public Administration

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Reading

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Social Work (MSW)

A statement of personal and professional goals (suggested page length of 5-7 pages, double-spaced) which responds to each point below, is required of every applicant.  

1. Describe the experiences that have influenced your choice of social work as a profession by addressing the following:
     a. Your motivation for being a social worker 
     b. Your values and beliefs as they relate to social work 
     c. The qualities you can bring to the social work profession and to colleagues in the MSW program 

2. Describe both your personal strengths and the areas in need of development related to becoming a professional social worker. 
     a. Areas of strength
     b. Areas in need of development  

3. What do you see as the most pressing social issue facing society?  
     a. How do we as social workers respond to this need? 
     b. What is your personal involvement in working on this issue?

4. Describe your commitment to social justice and social change.  
     a. Your experience with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds including race, ethnic heritage, age, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability or national origin 
     b. Your experience with social change 

5. How do you propose to manage the special demands of the program?  Please be specific as to how you plan to meet and balance the challenges of: 
     a. Course work and course schedule
     b. Completing internship requirements
     c. Paid or volunteer work and your personal

Advanced Standing Candidates Only:

Advanced Standing candidates must also submit a summary statement of their field experience:

1. Please identify your field placement as well as the type of services provided by the agency/organization.

2. Please clearly identify your responsibilities in this placement.

3. Select a client system from your field placement and briefly describe the reason for your involvement, your understanding of the client’s needs, your methods to address the identified needs, and the outcome of your intervention.

4. Using the work you did with the identified client from above or from your overall experience at the placement, please explain what you learned about yourself as it pertains to social work while doing this work.

Special Education

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Speech Language Pathology

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Graduate Certificate Programs

A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant