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Graduate Admissions Personal Statement Information


Your personal statement is an important component of your graduate application. Pay attention to content, grammar and style, as your personal statement can serve as a writing sample to reviewers. You must upload your personal statement into the online application.

Graduate programs that have specific content to address in the personal statement and/or additional writing samples

Visit the program admissions page for additional information on the program's personal statement.

General guidelines for programs that do not have program-specific personal statement requirements

  • Appropriate length is about 500- to 1,000-words or two to three pages, double-spaced
  • Address what factors in your personal and professional history have influenced you in the past and now lead you to seek admission to this program at Salem State.
  • Write about long-term professional goals, and how will this program help you meet them.
  • Discuss any other information that you think would help the admissions committee to evaluate your application.
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