How to Write a Letter of Application for Graduate Schools
Three Letter Examples Below

Your Name

Name of Chair of Department
Physical Performance and Development

RE: Application for Master’s Degree in Physical Education

Dear Dr. Chair’s Name,

It is with great pleasure that I submit my application packet for a Master’s Degree in Physical Education in the Department of Physical Performance and Development at the University of New Mexico. I am currently completing my education in the Bachelor of University Studies at UNM, with one of my emphasis in the area of Exercise Science.

I believe the Physical Performance and Development Exercise Science Master’s Degree offers me the greatest opportunity to expand my education in some very meaningful areas of interest. My career interests lead me towards an avocation of exercise science, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness prescription. I want to be very involved in improving the quality of lives of those individuals I have the opportunity to help. I also feel the faculty at the University of New Mexico is most qualified to help me attain my goals.

I see UNM as a wonderful next step for me in attaining my ambitions. I thank you for the opportunity to submit this application for your consideration. Please contact me if there is anything else I need to provide. I look forward to communicating with you in the near future.


Your Name

Sample Cover Letter #2 for Graudate School Admittance

Dear Graduate Coordinator (get the name so you can make the letter more direct),

I am very interested in pursuing a masters degree at the University of UNIVERSITY NAME in Cardiac Rehabilitation (or the area you are interested in). From my review of graduate programs, and discussion with other professionals, it is very evident that the University of UNIVERSITY NAME Exercise Science Program has an excellent Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

I am completing a very comprehensive Undergraduate Program in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico. As you can see by my resume, this program has prepared me well for the graduate education challenges I now wish to pursue. I hope that the skills and knowledge I obtain from this graduate degree will give me the opportunity to seek a challenging opportunity within a dynamic rehabilitation setting.

I have enclosed all materials required for acceptance into the masters program. Thank you very much for your consideration of my application.

Very truly yours,

Your Name

Sample Cover Letter for PT School (From Lynette Ewer, ES UG Student; note that not all PT programs require this type of format--follow directions for each school you apply)

Lynette Ewer
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Kathy Dieruf
Admissions Chairperson
UNM School of Medicine
HSSB Room 204

Dear Ms. Dieruf,

I am very interested in the physical therapy program at the University of New Mexico. I volunteered over 220 hours at the Veterans Administration Hospital (DATES volunteered), which gave me the opportunity to experience and enjoy several different aspects of the physical therapy field. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in exercise science, which I feel will enhance my abilities as a therapist.

My volunteer background has included the following: wound care, rehabilitation exercise programs, and spinal cord injury and mobility impaired patients in the therapy pool. I also gained experience in patient rehabilitation in the areas of knee and hip replacement surgery.

My bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science has provided me with the knowledge of exercise testing, EKG interpretation, fitness assessment and prescription, anatomy, and kinesiology. I have also taken courses that involved special populations, such as people with disabilities and the elderly.

The UNM physical therapy program came highly recommended by graduate students and physical therapists that I have talked with, and that the curriculum is outstanding. Through my research on deciding which school to attend I found that the New Mexico School of Medicine is one of the top in the nation. I would be proud to be a student in the UNM physical therapy program.

Through my volunteer work at the VA Hospital I have developed a compassionate approach and commitment to assisting people with medical and physical disabilities I would enjoy becoming a physical therapy student and look forward to speaking with you in the near future. Thank you for your consideration.


Lynette Ewer