Personal Statements

Whether you are writing a Personal Statement, Letter of Intent, Biographical Sketch, or other type of application for a graduate program, professional school, fellowship/scholarship/award, or employment opportunity, CaPS can assist you.

Before taking advantage of the resources below, we strongly recommend you write the first draft on your own, according to the specifications provided by the institution or organization. Your style of writing in the letter is a reflection of your character and personality, and you would not want that tainted by following a textbook format.

Once you have given your letter a first attempt (and there will be many to follow), take advantage of the following resources to ensure it is at its best upon submission.

To have your personal statements reviewed, please make an appointment: 514-398-3304.


Sample Personal Statements / Graduate School Essays

Personal Statement Books (Available in the McGill Library):Personal Statements Books

Personal Statement Books (Available at CaPS):

  • How to write the perfect personal statement (4th ed.)
  • Graduate admission essays: Write your way into the graduate school of your choice (3rd ed.)
  • Grad's guide to graduate admissions essays: Examples from real students who got into top schools
  • Real essays for college and grad school

Sample Personal Statements (Websites):

Graduate School Research Statement (Websites):


Graduate School Interviews

Consult the following websites for pre-selection interview questions and answers.

  • Professional and Graduate School Interview Questions (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
    A list of sample questions including, personal characteristics, academic experiences, extracurricular activities, weaknesses, goals, leadership skills, field specific questions as well as questions applicants might ask an interviewer.
  • Graduate School Interviews for All Programs (Salisbury University)
    What graduate schools look for, tips for interview, and links to health professional graduate school interviewing information.
  • Graduate School Interview (Wartburg College)
    Pre-interview suggestions and typical interview questions.

Please note that CaPS and McGill do not endorse any particular websites/services; the listing is for your information only.

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