Goal Statement Guidelines

  • The faculty of the graduate counseling program at IUP is interested in learning more about you and your desire to pursue one of our degree or certification programs.

    Master’s Program

    The Goal Statement requested in the Graduate School's application materials is the vehicle by which you can provide the information we request. Please use the questions below to guide you in the development of your goal statement.

    • Why do you wish to pursue the particular counseling program you have chosen?
    • How do your personal life experiences (education, prior work experience, volunteer work, etc.) complement your career decision?
    • What personal qualities (e.g., interpersonal skills) do you possess that you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor?

    Doctoral Program

    Please use the questions below to guide you in the development of your goal statement. This should be no more than two to three pages.

    • A summary of relevant educational/work experience
    • Why do you want to earn a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision? (career goals)
    • Why are you interested in IUP’s PhD program? 

    If there are any inconsistencies or time gaps in your work or education history, please provide an explanation.

    Feel free to add any additional information that you believe would be of assistance to the faculty in assessing your desire and qualifications for the field of counseling.