Guidelines for Writing Your Letter to the Admissions Committee
Directions: The following instruction contains information about your letter to the Admissions
Committee, which is a required part of your application to be presented for review. Please focus
only on the information requested about you, your background, and your future goals. You are
strongly encouraged to carefully proofread, grammar check, and spell check your letter to the
Admissions Committee. Overall writing presentation and clarity are very important.
Your Full Name: You must include your full name in your letter to the Admissions Committee.
Degree and specialization: You must clearly indicate to which degree program you are applying
as well as the specialization you wish to pursue within that degree program.
Content: There are 8 sections described below. Please include the following information when
preparing your letter to the Admissions Committee. While not required, we strongly suggest that
you format your letter by heading each section with the headings shown below. Write your
information in paragraph form and do not use bullet format under the section headings.
• Personal/Professional Goals
o Why you are interested in graduate school and what are your plans after you receive
o What influenced you to choose the field?
o Why are you interested in the program and specialization to which you are applying?
Please note that your personal/professional goals must be in line with the
specialization to which you are applying.
• Academic Experience
o Describe your previous undergraduate and graduate academic experience; if you do
not have the specialization background, you may want to explain how you plan to
apply your prior academic skills to your chosen specialization.
o You may include any experiences (e.g., study abroad, unique work or research
experience) that influenced your choice of graduate program/specialization.
o Explain any inconsistencies in academic record or work experience. If your GPA is
not what you would have liked, explain special personal, physical or family
circumstances that may have adversely affected your GPA.
• Research Experience
o Address prior research experience, significant research papers/projects or other
research accomplishments in your field. If you do not have any prior research
experience, you must indicate that under this section in a complete sentence.
• Work /Other Experience
o What is your prior work experience? Include any volunteer work and/or
extracurricular activities that complement your career decision. If you do not have
any relevant experience, you should indicate this. You can also address any cultural knowledge or experiences you may have acquired that may better prepare you for the
• Personal Qualities
o Include in this section personal qualities (e.g., interpersonal skills, team work skills,
etc.) you possess that you believe will contribute to your success in your field and
• Why Walden?
o Indicate why Walden would be a good match for you and your future goals.
o What interested you about Walden (this could include courses, faculty, and / or
research projects and facilities)?
o Why are you interested in an online program?
• Reasons for Admissions Committee Review
o Address the reason(s) why your file is being presented to the Admissions
Committee for review.
o For example, if you have a low GPA, state the reasons for your low GPA or poor
• How will you be successful?
o Address how you plan to be successful at Walden if admitted.