An objective is a written statement often required for admission to a Master's degree program. Often, an objective statement is the best way for admissions counselors to assess a student's potential, and a well-written objective can make the difference between acceptance and rejection. In preparing your objective, be sure to take the following steps.
Begin with a paragraph about yourself and your background. Be sure to explain why your background has prepared you for the degree program to which you're applying, and why you're interested in this program in general.
Set Forth Your Goals
Lay out the reasons why you are applying to a particular degree program. These may include an interest in furthering your knowledge of a particular subject area, preparation for a new career, or a desire to acquire an additional skill set to enhance your current career. Explain how the master's program to which you're applying will help you to achieve these goals.
Describe Your Qualifications
Explain why you are qualified for such a program. Describe relevant academic and career experience, as well as personal traits that make you a good candidate for the program. Also include ways in which you will contribute to the program and the academic institution as a whole.
Keep your statement short and to the point. Ideally, your objective should be about 500 words, or an essay consisting of three to five paragraphs.
Admissions officers read hundreds of objectives. Use this as your platform for letting them get to know you by writing creatively and using concrete, engaging examples.
Kristen L. Depken is an editor for a large children's book publisher in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of New Jersey and currently maintains the Upper East Side Scene blog on uppereast.com. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and explore Manhattan.