Lauren Berliner, email@example.com
This document is based on what I’ve learned from sitting on Ph.D. admissions committees and having applied to Ph.D. programs myself. It reflects my experience and opinions and is not meant to be taken as a definitive recipe book for Ph.D. admissions. I encourage you to seek out other opinions and insight too!
Illustrate that you are a fit for the program through both your statement of interests and proposed project(s). It is critical that you demonstrate that you understand what the program is about and are highly motivated to do the hard work once you’re there. Try to avoid writing a brief memoir or a literature review—make the statement really about why this Ph.D. is a fit for you, and vice versa. What has prepared you for this course of study? What will you bring to the field? Why is this specific program the place to do it? What challenges have you faced and overcome along the way?
You may mention faculty you’re interested in working with, but it’s not a must. If you do, list more than one. Sometimes that one faculty member you are interested in happens to be out the door, or may have too many students already.
GREs count more for some programs than others. State institutions generally have to report median scores back and admissions committees may have more pressure to have higher median scores for the pool. Most faculty and staff on committees know this is an equity issue so will try to work around GRE scores. That said, it doesn’t hurt to study. : ) If your scores aren’t great, you may wish to address this in your essay.
The selection committee is generally comprised of a couple of faculty, a staff member (generally the grad advisor), and possibly a grad student or two.
These programs are SMALL. But you may get in somewhere, and it just takes one “yes”! Remember, you are smart and talented. Acceptance and rejection in these programs has nothing to do with that. It’s about fit, funding, and programmatic politics.
© University of Washington Bothell Privacy | Terms