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The statement of purpose is designed to give the admissions office insight into your goals regarding graduate school as well as your ability to express yourself through academic writing. Please note that this document is part of your admissions materials and should reflect your best writing ability.

Your statement should be sent as a double-spaced Word (.docx) or PDF (.pdf) file to Please be sure to include your full name and the program to which you are applying.

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In 800-1,000 words, your statement of purpose essay should address the following bullet points.  In addition, please include a paragraph of self-reflection on your intellectual/academic qualifications, including both strengths and weaknesses.  

  • Why are you pursuing this program at Bethel? What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve them?
  • What additional steps are you taking to prepare yourself to begin this course of study (i.e., reading/researching, taking courses, attending seminars) and what changes do you anticipate will be needed to facilitate adjustment to being a full-time graduate student?
  • Describe how past and present, personal and professional experiences have positively influenced your potential to succeed in graduate education.
  • What relationship do you see between this area of study and your religious faith?

This essay is used to partially determine your academic fit with Bethel's Graduate School and the specific program for which you are applying, as well as how to enable you to succeed.  

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