Graduate School Application Cover Letters:
Paper applications and supporting material sent via the post to graduate schools require cover letters. Cover letters
should be approximately 1-2 paragraphs and contain:
1) What is enclosed in the envelope and why. Do not make the reader guess why you are sending the following
materials. State what program you are applying for and for what year/semester.
2) Tell specifically how you heard about their program. Write if their website impressed you, if it was a family
member, friend, advisor, faculty, recruiter or mentor. It is appropriate to mention the name of that person in the cover
letter, especially if it is a recruiter or someone who works in that program.
3) Convince them to really take a look at your application. Make sure the cover letter is well written and targeted
for that program. The department website is a great way to incorporate the main points and goals of that program,
4) Take the opportunity to really show them your attitude. Success in the application process is 80 % attitude.
The cover letter should state how excited you are about the prospect of becoming a student in the graduate program.
5) Provide or refer to any information that you would like to highlight about your application or anything
you feel you were not able to mention in your application. Work and on-hand experience are great points to focus
Sample Cover Letter:
14 Breakers Way
Pacifica, CA 97854
Dr. Greg Hijio
Department of Psychology
293 High Street.
Canton, NY 29382
RE: Application for Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology
Dear Dr. Greg Hijio,
It is with much pleasure that I submit my application for a Master’s Degree in Counseling in the Department of Psychology
at Green University. I am particularly interesting in the Counseling program at Green University because of the extensive
research that professors Smith and Jones have conducted in Child and Family Counseling.
At present, I am completing my Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Roanoke College, and I look forward to continuing
my education in the pursuit of a career in Child and Family Counseling. During my Junior and Senior year I worked with
Dr. Voltar conducting research on the relationship between personality and addiction. I also had the opportunity to gain
first-hand experience of the counseling process during my internship at the Sam Sneed Psychiatric Ward. I believe that
these experiences have prepared me for graduate school and make me a good fit for your program.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact me if there is anything else I need to provide. I look forward to
speaking with you further in the future.
graduate school application
statement of purpose