Writing Your Personal Statement

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021

We recognize that the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to take the GRE or GMAT. Thus, we are making the GRE/GMAT requirement optional for Fall 2021 master's admissions.

If you are not submitting a GRE or GMAT score as part of your application materials, please submit an academic statement that includes a discussion of both your past experiences (work or academic) involving data analysis and the strength of your quantitative analytical skills.

For questions, please contact Melanie Zaremba at mzaremba@msu.edu.

  • For those applying under the general admissions procedure, the personal statement should describe your career goals and objectives and explain why you believe our Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations degree will help you achieve those goals and objectives. This statement should be no longer than two typed, double-spaced pages.

  • For those applying under the work experience procedure, the personal statement should discuss how your decision to pursue our master's degree was influenced by your previous work experience, describe your career goals and objectives, and explain why you believe our Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations degree will help you to leverage your experience and achieve your goals.

  • You do not need to submit an academic statement unless you have a specific situation you want to explain. If you are not submitting a GRE or GMAT score as part of your application materials, please submit an academic statement that includes a discussion of both your past experiences (work or academic) involving data analysis and the strength of your quantitative analytical skills. In addition, if you want to explain the reasons for a lower GPA, this should be in an academic statement and not included as part of your personal statement.