How to Write an Academic Statement of Intent
© Luke Arnott 2009–2011
Students who intend to pursue graduate degrees need to learn how to write an effective plan of study or statement of intent. This document, when a component of grad school applications, shows admission committees how well students know their prospective discipline, and what they hope to accomplish with their research.
Some variation of a statement of intent is also a vital part of applications for academic grants and scholarships, awarded by governments or foundations. Even those students already in advanced programs need to keep their writing skills in that area sharp. Here are some general guidelines.
Things To Do on a Statement of Intent or Plan of Study
Things Not To Do on a Statement of Intent or Plan of Study
The Benefits of a Good Statement of Intent or Plan of Study
A plan of study is a vital component of student applications in academia. An eloquent, targeted, and error-free statement can make the difference before admissions or scholarship committees. On the other hand, a vague or unrealistic statement will likely lead to rejection.
Moreover, even students who land a grant shouldn't forget how to write a statement of intent. Similar plans must still be written by professors seeking grant money, so the sooner advanced students – the professors of the future – master this particular kind of writing, the better.
Follow the link for a sample of a successful statement of intent/plan of study.