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Writing Centre Resource Guide


Applying to Graduate Programs

Admission committees for graduate and professional programs generally require a variety of documents for consideration.  These documents may include: academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume or CV, completion of an application form, and a personal statement or letter of intent.  The attached file provides some suggestions for writing your personal statement.  The Writing Centre is available to help with the composition of personal statements even if you are applying to a program at another university.


Writing at the Graduate Level

As a graduate student, you write -- and write, and write, and write. You write complex, formal prose meant to communicate complex information to specialized audiences. You write considerably less formal communiques, correspondence and requests to colleagues and supervisors. You are keenly aware that everything you write is closely read and assessed. For help with your writing, please come and see us. Our permanent staff and tutors are accustomed to working with graduate students to improve all their writing, including:

  • theses and dissertations
  • conference papers
  • grant proposals
  • papers for publication
  • requests for reference
  • seminar materials
  • CVs

Applying for Academic Jobs

When applying for teaching positions at universities, you might be asked to provide a teaching portfolio including a statement of teaching philosophy. While each university's requirements will be slightly different, here are a few useful links to get you started.