Purpose Statement

A purpose statement is a written document discussing why you want to pursue graduate school, why did you choose ACU, and what are your future career goals. The statement should be a well-though out, personal statement that accurately displays your academic and future goals. The purpose statement is the applicant’s chance to show the admissions committee why they should be accepted into graduate school and what they intend to do with the knowledge gained from it.

How to Submit Your Purpose Statement

  1. Attach as a word document or a PDF file through email to grad@info.acu
  2. Mail it to ACU Box 29140 Abilene, TX 79699, or
  3. Drop it off to graduate admissions in the administration building, room 216
Degree Program Purpose Statement Requirements
Accounting A written personal statement of academic interests, strengths, and weaknesses
Communication An essay describing their purpose for pursing a graduate degree in communication
Communication Science and Disorders An essay with a maximum 700 words that includes, but may not be limited to, a professional purpose/mission statement and a discussion of personal strengths related to professional goals
English A two page, double spaced paper discussing why you want to pursue graduate school, why did you choose ACU, and your future career goals.
Liberal Arts An impromptu written statement from the applicant describing the purposes and objectives for entering the MLA program.
Marriage and Family Therapy A written purpose statement declaring why the applicant wishes to study marriage and family therapy at ACU and what he or she plans to do professionally upon graduation.
Nursing A two page, double spaced paper discussing why you want to pursue graduate school, why did you choose ACU, and what are your future career goals. You may send it by mail or attach it as a Word document or a PDF file through email at gradinfo@acu.edu.
Psychology A written statement (600-800 words) describing professional goals, interests and reasons for choosing to enter the psychology program at ACU.
Social Work A writing sample must be a personal statement addressing your motivation for graduate studies and entering the social work profession, and reflections on the four themes of the School of Social Work—evidence-based practice, God’s gift of diversity, faith and social work, and social justice.
Education A purpose statement (2 pages double spaced, typed) including philosophy of education.
Organizational and Human Resource Development A two-page, typed purpose statement describing career goals, professional interests and reasons for wanting to enter the OHRD program.
Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation A purpose statement of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant’s motivation for undertaking a focused study on conflict resolution and reconciliation.
Higher Education A written purpose statement describing the applicant’s reasons for wishing to enter the higher education program and future career plans
The Graduate School of Theology The writing of an autobiographical statement is considered a critical element in the evaluation of your application. Not only is the autobiography a way to introduce yourself to the admissions committee, but it also will help your faculty advisor guide and evaluate your learning experience in our program. With this in mind, please write a reflective essay, three to five pages in length (typed, double spaced) about your life. Read more detailed instructions.
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