Standout Statements - Get in to Your Top Graduate Program

Learn insider information on how to write a tremendous statement of purpose for any graduate school program.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

Learn how to write a statement of purpose (or 'graduate school essay') that will make your background and experience stand out from other applicants. This course will cover the basics of writing a statement of purpose (what exactly to include and what to leave out) - including several interactive and fun exercises that will help you define your passion in a format that will make applicant reviewers want to accept you. This course will also provide you with insider information about the graduate school review process and how to avoid common application mistakes.

Write a compelling narrative about you and your experience

  • Build a convincing argument for why you are a perfect fit for your top grad program
  • Elaborate your experience in a way that captivates reviewers
  • Create a theme that makes the graduate essay easy to write and exciting to read
  • Avoid common mistakes in your statement writing

Easy to follow steps and exercises will get you to a terrific statement quickly

Writing a statement of purpose is very difficult! This course breaks down the process into easy to follow steps, guidelines, and fun exercises that will help you create a statement that will be enjoyable to write. In this course you will break down the statement into important 'puzzle pieces', and then use these pieces to create a theme that is specific to you and your background. At the end of the course you will have a completed statement that is unlike the rest of the pack.

Content and Overview

This course contains 11 lectures and over 3 hours of content. In addition there are 11 unique exercises that will help you define various components of the graduate statement of purpose.

This course is designed for anyone planning on applying to graduate school – whether the application is due in a few weeks or roughly a year away. The course content is applicable for both applied (e.g., medical school, law school, social work) or more research/STEM based programs.

What are the requirements?

  • A plan to apply to one (or more) US-based graduate school programs in the next year.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 11 lectures and more than 3 hours of video content
  • By the end you will have a complete statement of purpose written
  • You will also have a better understanding of the review process for graduate schools

What is the target audience?

  • People applying to graduate school (applied or more research-based) in the next year

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to have at least one top graduate program in mind before starting
  • Exercises will focus on elaborating details of your experience, but bring your CV or resume
  • Any information on the graduate schools you are interested in attending is also helpful

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the key components of a ‘statement of purpose’ for graduate school
  • Create a unique ‘theme’ or ‘hook’ that will make their statement stand out from other applicants
  • Complete a coherent and exceptional statement of purpose that will be adjustable to various graduate programs

Who is the target audience?

  • This course will help anyone planning to apply to graduate school within the next year
  • This course is applicable to applied graduate programs (e.g., healthcare programs, med school, business school, social work, etc), and STEM/research-oriented graduate programs (e.g., computer science, math, psychological science, etc.)
  • This course is helpful in identifying your specific graduate school path
  • However, this course may be less helpful if you are more than a year from applying to graduate school, or if you are completely unsure of what subject you want to focus your graduate work in

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Section 1: Course Overview

I'll go over the course structure as well as your game plan to create an exceptional statement of purpose by the end of the course. I'll focus on key insights that I've had while reading hundreds of statements. I'll also suggest some key factors that will increase your motivation to write your statement of purpose.


In this section I will describe, in detail, how to complete the two exercises, and why they are important to getting started with your statement of purpose.

Section 2: Defining You

In this lecture I will highlight how a reviewer sees the applicant, how to develop a strong and clear narrative about yourself, and how to incorporate humor, self-disclosure and other important factors .


In this section I will describe how to complete the three exercises, and how they can help you develop a strong and coherent narrative about yourself, that is professional without being generic or dry.

Section 3: Defining Your Experience

In this lecture I will highlight how a reviewer sees your experience, and specifically how to write about your knowledge, skills and abilities ('KSA'), and how to do this in a way that is exciting to the reader.


In this section I will describe how to complete the two exercises, and how they can help you constructively build a brief narrative about the most important experiences that have prepared you for your graduate program.

Section 4: Defining Your Fit with the Program

In this lecture I will highlight how a reviewer sees your fit with the program - one of the key elements to a statement of purpose. I'll show you how to identify the unique attributes of a program and how to integrate this into your background and experience.


In this section I will describe how to complete the two exercises, and how they will help you gather information about graduate programs so that you can write a compelling argument for why you are a perfect fit, with your specific experiences and background.

Section 5: Developing Your Statement Theme

In this lecture I will show you how to bring together all of the pieces of the puzzle thus far (you, your experience, and the program) to create a 'hook' or theme to your statement.


In this section I will describe how to gather your information from the 9 previous exercises, in order to create narratives for your statement. I will then show you how to make these threads into statements.

Section 6: Conclusion and Final Details

In this lecture we will go over crucial details about the tone of your final statement, common application and statement flaws, self-disclosure, and assessing the quality of your writing. Finally we will address the question, “When is it ready to send?”

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Instructor Biography

David Gard, Ph.D., Professor, Psychologist

I received my Ph. D. in psychology from UC Berkeley in 2005. I have been a professor and instructor for more than 10 years, working with graduate students in both applied and research oriented programs. I have evaluated hundreds of statements of purpose and helped numerous students get into top graduate programs throughout the US (including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley and many more).

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