How to Prepare Your Application Essays

One of the most important things you can do to bring your grad school application to life is write strong, compelling essays. Essays give the admissions committee an opportunity to see if the degree is a good fit for your future goals and lets you demonstrate that you have something valuable to contribute to the program.


The admissions team works diligently to assemble a high-caliber and well-rounded class of students from a broad range of interests. Diversity is important at the W. P. Carey School because our master’s programs are team-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary — even if you’re earning your degree online — and gaining knowledge from others is a key ingredient to your success now and in the future.

This plays into your essay strategy. Be sure to highlight experiences – academically, on the job, and in your personal life – that will bring value to the classroom. Keep in mind not only what you can get out of the program, but what you can bring to the program for others. Rather than reiterating job responsibilities that can be found on your resume, your essays should expand upon your most unique and interesting experiences, whether that’s as a student leader, as a volunteer, or as a summer intern.

The admissions team evaluates your complete application, which includes many different components that provide us with an overall understanding of your academic ability and experience to determine your potential for success in the program.

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