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What is the prompt for the Statement of Academic Purpose for Ph.D./Master’s applicants?

A statement of academic purpose is required of all applicants. The statement of purpose prompt for the 2021-2022 application is as follows: 

All applicants (except those applying to Biological and Biomedical Sciences or Global Affairs): 

Please upload a statement of 500-1,000 words explaining why you are applying to Yale for graduate study. Describe your research interests and preparation for your intended field(s) of study, including prior research and other relevant experiences. Explain how the faculty, research, and resources at Yale would contribute to your future goals.

Applicants to Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), only:

Your statement of purpose will aid the admissions committee in evaluating your application. Succinctly respond in 500-1000 words. Please discuss your motivation for conducting research, provide a detailed summary of your research experience and how it prepares you for doctoral study, and include how you have taken initiative on a research project, academic endeavor, or employment responsibility. Finally, please describe your career aspirations.

Applicants to Global Affairs, only:

Please upload a statement of 500-1,000 words explaining why you are applying to Yale for graduate study. Describe your interest and experience in global affairs, and the subject areas in which you will focus at Jackson. Please include how relevant professional, academic, and/or personal experiences have shaped your specific areas of interest and your future career goals.