Statements of Excellence for Graduate School in Political Science

Sample Statement of Purpose for the MA in Political Science, Colombian, US Military Experience

My first choice for graduate school is your especially distinguished Master’s Program in Political Science at the University of XXXX.  I have recently return home to Florida after 10 years in the US Navy, seen much of the world, and feel that I would be most creative as a graduate student near my family. I have a new little sister who is 5 years old that I am getting to know really well for the first time, since I have been away her entire life except for brief visits. Now a US citizen, I am originally from Colombia, coming to the USA at the age of 11.  I spoke almost no English upon my arrival; thus, I had to face up to a profound challenge early on and this helped to strengthen my resolve, perseverance, and high level of motivation.

I visit Colombia almost every year and like to think of myself as something of a Colombian expert in training. As both a Colombian, a member of the US Armed Forces, and an avid student of political conflict, I have long studied the civil war in Colombia with a profound sense of fascination driven by my concern for the very high levels of violence to which my people have been subjected for more than a half century. I have also closely followed the long and drawn out - but apparently, finally, more or less successful - peace process. I hope to continue to do so as a graduate student in your program, writing term papers on conflict in Colombia, as well as a host of other subjects that are related to this central interest. At the University of XXXX, I hope to better understand my land of origin and the challenges that it continues to face by learning as much as I can about political science and its relevance for our troubled times.

I will probably choose to pursue a career somewhere in the justice system. I treasure diversity and have strong feelings about equality, particularly with respect to employment at the federal level and the Armed Forces in particular. I am deeply troubled by the way in which minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. While I understand the complexity of the underlying issues and the entrenched nature of the challenges involved, I still aspire to become part of a search for a sustainable solution to this great challenge. Now 28, my 10 years in the Navy enabled me to become fully American, a citizen, and a devoted public servant, with respect to both the US and my native Colombia. Nearly half of the sailors with whom I served had been born somewhere other than in the USA and I enjoyed this diversity enormously, learning about different cultures, peoples, and languages on a daily basis. Earning my Associates Degree in Sociology in May of 2013 and a Bachelors in Political Science in December of last year, 2016, I am eager to return to study and look forward to doing so full time.  I want to learn as much as I can about international politics and international conflict generally speaking.

At some point, I look forward to serving an organization that helps the disenfranchised, the at-risk. I could be a natural to help young Latino men avoid the criminal justice system, and/or helping those already caught up in the system to survive the experience. I look forward to continuing to return to Colombia on an annual basis and to furthering my engagement with social justice and peace building issues in my native land. In Colombia, the justice system is clearly divided along class lines and I look forward to paying special attention to social class and economic factors as they tend to play themselves out in a variety of conflictive parts of the world. Drug trafficking, kidnappings, and terrorism also top my list as intellectual interests. I could conceivably end up returning to law enforcement or even the US Armed Forces. For the moment, I look forward to playing with my little sister and studying full time for the next 2 years at the University of XXXX. I look forward to the time to devote myself to finding out who I am and locating myself in a complex web of issues and opportunities wherein I hope to someday make my maximum contribution to society, the United States, Colombia, and the world.  I thank you for considering my application.

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I want to help you get accepted to graduate school in Political Science.

Becoming a successful graduate student in Political Science is very different than being a successful undergraduate. Only the very best are accepted and able to make it. So you should only aim for grad school if you have good reason to believe that you're very promising as a student. Look over your grades so far and ask professors and peers you trust for their honest advice. Unfortunately, the bar gets raised again when it comes to moving from a PhD to the academic job market. Only a small fraction of PHD graduates will end up as tenure-track professors in large research universities.

You will also need a highly eloquent Statement that portrays you as someone with enormous potential to contribute to the advance of Physics over the long term. After you fill out my Online Interview Form, I will ask you some specific questions by email if I need any further information. Please also send your resume/CV and or rough draft if you have one.

If your goal is to find employment as an academic once you graduate, the reputation and quality of your program and chosen supervisor matter A LOT. Research grad schools; indeed, treat this as your most important research task. Use the web, reference libraries, journals, and discussions with different professors and mentors. Your decision about where to apply and where to go really matter; contact the ones you're interested in. Grad schools compete for the best students, and will likely be eager to sell themselves to you. I suggest that you visit campuses; the wealthier schools may even pay your expenses for a visit.

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