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Tips for Writing Your Statement of Goals

I have worked with applicants for over five years at GPS and many of them have told me that they struggle with writing their statement of goals. More often than not, this is the section that most applicants leave for last. Their resume, letter(s) of recommendation and transcripts have been received, but they just can’t get over the hurdle of the statement of goals. 

Here are some tips to help you get started:

Tell us your WHY: Why have you decided to pursue a graduate degree? Are you looking to change careers or grow in your organization? The statement of goals is your place to speak directly to the admissions committee and tell them why you want to earn your master’s. 

Use your voice: Let your personality shine through! The statement of goals doesn’t have to be overly formal. The admissions committee wants to get to know you. Explain your passion for the field in which you are interested or aspiring to enter through the master’s program.

Provide additional explanations: At GPS, we don’t have a minimum GPA requirement, however, the admissions committee will review your transcripts. Is there something that happened that affected your undergraduate grades? This is your opportunity to shed light on unexpected complications or what happened at that time.

Ask for feedback: Ask a colleague, friend, or family member to read over your statement of goals. Make sure to check for spelling and grammar mistakes.

Just start writing: The hardest part of writing your statement of goals can be not knowing how to begin! But just the act of simply writing something down can help break your writer’s block. Start out with a rough outline or a list of bullet points. If you find yourself stuck, take a break and come back later.  

Start your GPS application

Please feel free to contact our enrollment team any time. We understand the commitment it takes to apply for a master’s degree, and we’re happy to walk you through the steps and answer any questions that you have. To speak with an enrollment advisor, contact gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787  

Submitting academic transcripts to grad school

At Brandeis GPS, we want to make your application process as smooth as possible. Our admissions team is always available to answer any questions and look forward to guiding you through your application process. With our online application, you can directly upload your resume and statement of goals, and send requests for letters of recommendation right to our online system.

One item that does need to be submitted outside of the online application is your official transcript. Here’s some FAQs we often get about submitting transcripts:

Does Brandeis GPS accept electronic transcripts?

Yes! We do accept electronic transcripts, as long as they are official. This is the easiest and fastest method for both the applicant and us!

How should I send electronic transcripts?

Provide your school(s) with our email address: gps@brandeis.edu. We will confirm once the documents are received.

What address should I use for paper transcripts?

These should be sent directly from the school(s) to our mailing address:

                  Brandeis University                

                  Graduate Professional Studies

                  415 South Street, MS 084

                  Waltham, MA 02453-2728

We’ll let you know when we have them!

How can I check the status of my application items?

At any time, you can login to your applicant status page once your application is submitted to see what items are pending: Login

Do I need to submit transcripts if I transferred courses?

Yes, we require official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended.

<<Start your GPS application>>

We love speaking with our applicants, so please feel free to contact us any time! Applying for a master’s degree is a big decision, so we are happy to talk you through the steps and answer any questions you have.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Brandeis GPS

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SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS

Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Title:  Adjunct Instructor

Where:  Graduate Professional Studies, Brandeis University

Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) welcomes applications for its adjunct faculty pool on an ongoing basis.  As a general rule, our adjunct faculty have earned a master’s degree and many hold additional academic degrees and industry-specific credentials.  They have professional expertise which they bring to the online class discussions.

Our 10-week courses are taught fully online, with no set days or times for interaction.  Previous experience teaching online is not required; GPS offers a comprehensive training program for qualified instructors.

If you would like to be considered, please review our part-time applied master’s degree programs and submit an application, which includes an uploaded current resume or CV.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Brandeis University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We encourage women, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Current Openings

Adjunct Instructor, User-Centered Design

Adjunct Instructor, Digital Marketing and Design

Adjunct Instructor, Strategic Analytics

If you are interested in teaching for GPS, either in one of the course clusters listed above or in another GPS program area, please:

  1. Review our GPS Adjunct Instructor qualifications.
  2. Explore our Programs and Courses and our individual course descriptions.
  3. Complete an application, being sure to specify your particular program or course(s) of interest.
  4. We will contact you should any related positions become available.

Companies Our Faculty Represent

As industry leaders and active professionals within their areas of expertise, our adjunct faculty hold positions or have served as consultants at leading organizations, including the following:

Companies Our Faculty Represent
Amgen Fidelity Investments
AMR Research Harvard Medical School
Babson Capital Management LLC IBM
Biogen Idec Novartis
Comprehensive Power Inc. Pfizer, Inc.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Raytheon
EMC Schrodinger, Inc.
EMD Serono Shire Human Genetic Therapies
Sun Microsystems

 

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