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Goal Statement - University of Choice - Why Walden?

Please for the steps below:

Personal/Professional Goals:
o Why are you interested in graduate school and what are your plans after receiving your degree?
o Why are you interested in the program and specialization to which you are applying? Please note that your personal/professional goals must be in line with the specialization to which you are applying.

Academic Experience
o Describe your previous undergraduate and graduate academic experience; if you did not have psychology background, you may want to explain how you plan to apply your prior academic skills to your chosen specialization.
o You may include any experiences (e.g., study abroad, unique work or research experience) that influenced your choice in graduate program/specialization
o Explain any inconsistencies in academic record or work experience. If your GPA is not what you would have liked, explain special personal, physical or family circumstances that may have adversely affected your GPA.

Research Experience
o Address, if any, prior research experience, significant research papers/projects, or other research accomplishments in your field. If you do not have any prior research experience, you must indicate that under this section.

Work/Other Experience
o In this section, you should indicate your prior work experience, volunteer work, extracurricular activities that complement your career decision. If you do not have any relevant experience, you should indicate this. You can also address any cultural knowledge or experiences you may have acquired that may better prepare you as a psychologist and a researcher.

Personal / Professional Qualities
o You must include personal qualities (e.g., interpersonal skills, team work skills, time management, goal-oriented) that you believe will contribute to your success in the program and/or profession.

Why Walden?
o Indicate why Walden would be a good match for you and your future career goals
o What interested you about Walden (this could include courses, faculty, and / or research projects/facilities)? Orâ?¦
o Why are you interested in an online program?

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It is great that you are planning on furthering your education; however, only you can personalize your goal statement. One approach to help you with drafting your Goal Statement (e.g., structure and content suggestions) is to provide you with an illustrative example, which you can then customize with your own information. So let's do that now.


Goal Statement for (Your Name), Ph.D. Psychology/Clinical

Personal/Professional Goals

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to make a difference in the lives of children, particularly those that are disadvantaged or at-risk in some way. The majority of my academic and professional experiences thus far have centered on that goal. By obtaining a _____ degree in Psychology with a _____________ specialization from Walden University, I can advance my career in that direction even further. The program will prepare me to apply psychological knowledge and concepts, and to conduct and analyze relevant research for the purpose of ensuring that children grow up healthy, nurtured, safe and well educated.

I fully intend to use the M.S. program as a stepping-stone to a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Walden University. As a professional with a doctorate degree, I envision myself providing psychological consultation and training to professionals working with children in a variety of settings. For example, I have a strong interest in training law enforcement officers, lawyers, and social workers how to use healthy and effective interviewing techniques with child witnesses. I also hope to use my education and research experience to analyze and influence public policies affecting children. I believe that Walden's graduate programs in Psychology will prepare me to make relevant contributions to the Child Welfare and Child Advocacy arenas.

Academic Experience
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, for which I earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. Perhaps even more than my specific coursework in psychology, the Christian education philosophy I experienced at Manitoba prepared me well for ...

Solution Summary

By illustrative example and responding to the questions, this solution assists in writing a career goal statement, academic experience, research experience, work and other experience, personal professional qualities and why the student chooses the university.