Preparing a Statement
All applicants are required to provide an Academic Statement and a Personal Statement.
Academic Statement prompt: write a statement that answers the following questions (1,000 words max)
o What are your academic interests, and why do you wish to pursue graduate studies in this specific program?
o How has your academic and professional background prepared you for graduate study? Include any research, training, or educational experiences that align with the program.
o How will our program help you achieve your intellectual and professional goals?
o Make sure to address any scholarly questions you wish to explore in the program and name any specific faculty members in this program whose research interests align with your own.
Personal Statement prompt: write a statement that addresses the following (500 words max)
o The Graduate School values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives, understanding them as essential ingredients for true academic excellence. As a Northwestern graduate student, how could you contribute to an intellectual community that prioritizes equity, inclusion, belonging, and cultural humility? Your answer may draw upon past or present experiences, whether in academic work, extracurricular or community activities, or everyday life.
All applicants to the Northwestern Graduate School have the option to submit an additional statement (250 words max). Include here anything that you would like to highlight but have yet to discuss in other areas of the application. You can also use this space to address any concerns you may have in your application. If, for example, you do not believe that your academic credentials demonstrate your true capabilities, please explain why. Also, describe any gaps in your academic career and work experience or any extenuating circumstances in your profile of which the admissions committee should be made aware. This additional statement is not required and is fully optional.