The Personal Statement

The Personal Statement

Writing the Personal Statement for CalSouthern’s Graduate Programs

CalSouthern requires all applicants to its master’s and doctoral degree programs to submit a personal statement as part of the application process. The personal statement is an integral part of the process that gives both you and the university the opportunity to reflect upon and consider your motivations and preparedness for pursuing a graduate-level program. We want to ensure that the program is a good fit for you and that you are positioned for success.

Format and Length

The personal statement should be one to two pages in length, double-spaced, using Times New Roman, 12-point font.

Topic to be Addressed

Please describe your motivation for pursuing your graduate degree, and discuss how your background, education, professional experience and computer literacy have prepared you for success as an engaged, independent learner at CalSouthern.

For applicants to the JD program, please see section below:

JD Personal Statement
Discuss the ways in which your background, education, and professional experiences prepare you for the study of law and the ways in which your personal qualities will contribute to your success as a distance learner.

Evaluation Criteria

Your personal statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Your focus on the topic and responsiveness to the task;
  • The organization, development and persuasiveness of your argument; and
  • Your command of the language and use of appropriate and effective syntax.

We suggest that you read and follow the requirements closely and address the topic thoroughly and sincerely. Be sure to write in an essay format—not, for example, as a letter or memorandum—and proofread your work carefully.

We hope you find writing your personal statement to be an enjoyable and meaningful experience as you prepare to embark upon your academic journey at CalSouthern.