How To: Prepare Your Application Essays

Writing strong, compelling essays is one of the most important things you can do to bring your grad school application to life. Essays give the admissions committee an opportunity to see if the degree is a good fit for your future goals, highlighting the unique value you’d 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 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 both now and in the future.

This plays into your essay strategy. Be sure to highlight academic, professional, and personal experiences that will make you an asset in the classroom. Keep in mind not only what you can get from the program, but what you can bring to the program for others.

Your essays should expand upon your most unique and interesting experiences, whether that’s as a student leader, volunteer, or summer intern. Avoid reiterating job responsibilities that can be found in your resume, unless they further illustrate your significance as a classroom participant. And it’s always a good idea to have someone edit your essays to ensure they convey your intended message, in an error-free and organized format.

Put your best foot forward with deliberated, value-driven essays. The admissions team evaluates your complete application to gain an overall understanding of your academic ability and experience, as well as your potential for success in the program. Essay questions aren’t just a measure of how well you can communicate; they’re integral to helping us understand what kind of candidate and classmate you’ll be.