Statement of Purpose
Your application must include a Statement of Purpose of approximately 500 words indicating your purposes and objectives in undertaking graduate study, your special interests and plans, and your strengths and weakness in your chosen field. In reviewing applications, considerable importance is placed on the applicant's relevant experience as well as his or her interest in and commitment to advanced study and professional development.
Some graduate programs have specific requirements for the Statement of Purpose. Please refer to the list below to see these special requirements.
The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded to the online application prior to submission. Please create your document using either Times New Roman or Arial font. This will assure that your document will be viewable by all web browsers. Please be sure to proofread your Statement of Purpose carefully before submitting it with your application.
If you are applying to the following programs, note these additional instructions:
- Studio Art: Explain your motivations for becoming an artist and discuss personal experiences that have influenced the nature of your work; provide a specific description of your artistic practice and place your work in a critical and historical context (feel free to discuss specific artists, tendencies and theories that play a role in your practice; identify the specific features of the Hunter College MFA Program that would benefit your creative development).
- Creative Writing: Tell us about yourself, why you write, and why you wish to come to Hunter.
- Dance and Dance Education: In your essay, please describe your long term objectives in dance. This is not a request for a personal narrative. We are looking for clear research goals and professional intentions. Please address your interests in any/all of the creative processes of teaching, dancing, choreography, scholarship and/or writing.
- IMA: Describe your long term objectives as a media maker and the social impact you hope your work will have. Also explain why Hunter College's IMA program is particularly relevant to your creative goals.
- Playwriting: Why do you choose playwriting as a literary form? Discuss your background in the theater, the playwrights and productions that have influenced you, and what you hope to bring to the stage. Please answer these questions in a statement of 500 to 750 words.
- Counseling Programs: (500 – 800 words) Use the following points as a guide to write your Statement of Purpose for admissions in the graduate Counseling Program: Describe how you became interested in pursuing a graduate degree in counseling (specifically school, mental health, or rehabilitation counseling) including any personal, educational, vocational, or volunteer experiences that have informed your interest.; Describe any personal qualities supporting your decision to become a professional counselor and how will these qualities impact your training and work as a counselor. These can include diversity and multicultural aspects as well as other personal, educational, and/or social experiences. We view diversity/multiculturalism broadly and inclusive of gender, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, immigration history, ability/disability, and economic status.; What are your expectations of graduate training in counseling as well as becoming a professional counselor? What aspects of the graduate training to become a professional counselor do you anticipate to be most challenging?; Describe why you are interested in being accepted to the Hunter College Counseling Program as well as the specific counseling tract (mental health, rehabilitation or school) you are applying for as well as what area you expect to practice and the populations you wish to work with when you graduate.
- Social Work: (500-1000 words, maximum of 5 pages) Use the following points as a guide to summarize your volunteer and professional background:How did you become interested in social work?; What experiences - professional, educational and organizational - led to or confirmed your interest in social work? If you considered another field before choosing social work, discuss your reason for wanting to make this change. What are the reasons for your decision to obtain graduate social work education at this time?; What are your expectations of graduate social work education? What area(s) of difficulty do you anticipate? Discuss those personal qualities and abilities that support your desire to become a social worker and that you think will be useful to you in studying for the profession. What areas of social work interest you particularly? In what areas of social work do you think you would like to work after you complete graduate school?