Statement of Interest

A Statement of Interest is a crucial part of most graduate school applications.

It may also be called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar. Basically it is your opportunity to tell the graduate program:

  • Your specific area of academic interest (research topic you want to work on)
  • How your past education and other experiences have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program
  • What you hope to achieve in the graduate program
  • Why this particular program at UBC is the best place for you to pursue your interests

The statement is generally in the form of a short essay. Be sure to carefully read the specific instructions given by the graduate program and ensure you provide them with what they are asking for.

Other tips for a strong Statement of Interest:

  • State any work you have done in this area already (mention specific skills/techniques you have picked up).
  • Connect your area of interest to work being done in the program (mention specific faculty members and projects).
  • Refer to academic publications that have informed your interest (use correct citation as footnote).
  • Mention any publications, presentations or conferences you have been a part of.

Remember: You are building a case that you are focused, skilled, enthusiastic, and a great match for the program.