Letter of Intent for Graduate School

A letter of intent (also known as a letter of introduction) is written by someone wanting to attend a graduate program. The letter will introduce who you are and tell the school why you want to get into their program.

If the letter is being sent as a hard copy, then it should be in the proper business format, otherwise, if the letter is being emailed, it should have an appropriate subject line and proper grammar.

How to Write
  1. Tell them about your background related to the degree you're applying for (education, work experience, etc) and how how you got interested in pursuing that degree.
  2. Tell them why you want to attend their program and school.
  3. Tell them about specific relevant experience/achievements.
  4. Give them your preferred contact information.
  5. Thank them for their time.


Sample Letter

Letter of Intent for Graduate School
Dear [Mr/Ms./Mrs. Last Name or Director of Admissions]:

I am currently a senior attending [College Name]. My major is in environmental science with a minor in political science. I am writing to express my interest in the Sustainability in Action graduate program at [Grad School Name]. I saw the effects that pollution has caused in my neighborhood, and would like to help prevent this from happening in other neighborhoods and this program will help in achieving this.

I have an exceptional academic record that also boasts many extracurricular volunteer activities that I have participated in throughout college. I have earned a place on the Dean's list for seven consecutive semesters. I have received scholarships for my research on the ecological structure of several sites, including the rainforests. When it comes to volunteer efforts, I have participated in numerous on-campus recycling awareness events. I serve as President of the [College Name]'s Volunteers for Tomorrow club, and I also work as the vice president for the campus theater club. I feel that I am a highly a qualified candidate for the program.

I learned of [Grad School Name] sustainability program through my professional advisor at [College Name], and I was thoroughly impressed by the internship opportunities provided there. I am confident that [Grad School Name]'s Sustainability in Action graduate program would provide me with the hands-on experience I need for my future career in conservation education.

I would be very interested in discussing the prerequisites on applying for scholarships and financial aid. My phone number is [Your Phone Number]. Thanks for your consideration.



[Your Name]
[Your Title]

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