The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.
- Include at the top of each document:
- The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
- Your name
- The name of the graduate program
- Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
- Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.
Academic Statement of Purpose
The academic statement of purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how this graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
Consult your graduate program website for any additional requirements for the academic statement of purpose. Contact information is listed in our Programs of Study.
How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan?
For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, or are undocumented or DACAmented, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. If you will be a graduate student with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), it is important to mention DACA in your personal statement since this is a consideration for some financial aid.
The personal statement has a 500 word limit and should be different from your Academic Statement of Purpose.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume describes your education, work experience, research publications, teaching experience, professional activities, volunteer activity, community engagement, honors and awards.
Lucas Lee Whitaker
Address: 321 Wilmington Street ▪ Atlanta, GA 30084 ▪ Phone: (555)867-5309 ▪ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Bachelor of Arts, May 2012
Majors: Journalism and Spanish
Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Junior Year Study Abroad, Aug. 2010-May 2011
Coursework in print journalism, public relations and photography
- President's List (4 semesters: 3.8 GPA)
- 2011 Publications Award for top student newspaper with position as Editor-in-Chief
- 2nd place undergraduate research at the Wallace Manning Research Competition for project “Ethics in Journalism: An analysis of media and the earthquake in Haiti” presented in Boston, MA
- John Meeks scholarship for aspiring journalists
Wallace Manning Research Conference
Spent two weeks in Haiti interviewing and assessing the affects of poor and positive ethical decisions made by prominent journalists during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Findings were illustrated in the project “Ethics in Journalism: An analysis of media and the earthquake in Haiti.” Presented at the 2011 Wallace Manning Research Conference in Boston, MA.
Received 2nd place recognition out of 47 projects.
(September 2009-May 2012)
Reported, researched and gathered information for stories centered in Athens, GA and the University of Georgia. Wrote articles for the student-run newspaper The Red & Black in the News, and Arts & Theater sections. Acted as News Editor and Copy Editor editing stories in AP style before going to print. In the fall of 2011 worked as Editor-in-Chief managing a staff of 20 writers and editors and working with the publication company SunHouse Publications.
Wrote articles for the Hispanic magazine La Historia. Reported on events and community news in the Tampa, Florida area.University of Georgia, Athens, GA
(January 2012-May 2012)
social media/communications assistant director
Helped manage communication with UGA and its publics with the use of social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. Also produced monthly newsletter brochures for University donors with information on school progress, news and announcements.
Student Orientation Coordinator, President of Active Minds, Peer Mentor
Volunteer Firefighter for Fulton County (2009-2012), Fulton County Brest Cancer Walk (2012), Print journalism teacher for sixth grade aspiring journalists at Fulton County High (2011)
InDesign, 90wpm typing speed, all Microsoft Office programs, Photoshop
Key Points to Remember:
- This isn’t a job resume: While a resume is a resume, it’s important to craft an original document for your graduate school application since it will require different information. Using your regular job version is a great starting point since the layout portion is already complete, but don’t be afraid to add new sections and fresh content. If your accomplishments don’t fit onto one page, that’s okay! Feel free to fill a solid page and a half with anything sure to impress the reader.
- Set yourself apart: Admissions counselors sift through hundreds of applications a day, so it’s important to make your resume memorable. Think research, leadership experience, club memberships, publications, presentations, volunteer work, internships, international study, etc. Anything that will make your resume stand out and make you look as involved as possible.
- Add your own categories: If some of your experiences or involvements aren’t fitting into a specific category, make another. Some of the most commonly included categories for graduate admissions resumes are: objective, education, academic experience/highlights, employment, volunteer work, community/extra-curricular involvement and certifications.
This sample resume is part of the InternationalStudent.com Resume Writing Center.