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Statement of Purpose for Graduate Certificate in Psychology

Name: Ms. ASHIKA RAMESH

Being a Life Science professional and a Yoga practitioner, I was always intrigued by the fact, why the
“Human Mind” is so complex and why we humans react to stress or to an incident in a certain way. This
complexity involved in this subject inspired me to start reading articles related to Psychology. That is
when I decided to study this subject in depth. With above said distinctive attributes and a “CAN DO”
attitude, I will make an excellent candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Psychology program at your
University. My background, I am 28 years old and an Indian National. My education will be sponsored by
my family.

I have performed excellent throughout my academic career wherein I have scored 8.76/10 in Bachelor
of Engineering (Biotechnology) from Visvesvaraya Technological University (2012) and 3.299/4 in Master
of Science (Biotechnology) from Georgetown University, Washington D.C, USA (2013). I have studied
subjects like critical thinking, statistical practice, research and developed skills of analysis, problem-
solving, communication, tackling unfamiliar problems and work independently. I am proficient in
English, French and German languages. My teachers always said: Excellence in any sphere of life can be
achieved through determination, hard work, perseverance and dedication, yet lack of in-depth
knowledge of the subject leaves the conceptual skills incomplete. It is in this context that I would like
to pursue a degree course in clinical psychology that only supplements the knowledge that I possess but
also provides a strong foundation for my career goals.

My areas of interests are: Biological Bases of Behaviour, Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behaviour, Social
and Cultural Bases of Behaviour, Growth and Lifespan Development, Assessment and Diagnosis,
Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision, Research Methods and Statistics, Ethical, Legal
and Professional Issues. Since this field is completely new to me, I wanted to learn these subjects from
the best. The research conducted at the University also gives me research experience I will need to
pursue a Ph.D.

I chose the United States of America because as I read from the website, the Universities are well
known for high-quality teaching, small size classes, practical learning, personal coaching and
counselling. Being a country of immigrants from all over the world, different perspectives are
respected and learning together is also encouraged in this country.

Clinical Psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders.
The common disorders that might be treated include learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression,
anxiety, and eating disorders. A master degree in Clinical Psychology provides greater insight into the
emotional, biological, and intellectual aspects of human behaviour. Typical coursework will include
clinical assessment, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, personality analysis, group therapy, and the
study of marital and family units.

There are several reasons why students opt to pursue a Masters in Clinical Psychology. After
graduation, you can help diagnose and treat various psychological problems and can be used as a bridge
degree to enrol in a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, jobs for
clinical, counselling, and school psychologists are projected to grow 11% from 2012 to 2022, providing
16,400 new jobs.
I chose this university because this program is designed for those professionals who have no background
in Psychology and will help professionals make a change in their career and will prepare students who
want to further pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology.

My aim is to secure a challenging position as a Psychologist that will purposefully use my skills and
qualifications towards organizational growth. This program covers important graduate subjects that are
required to be completed as a vital to apply for a Ph.D. in the same field. It is basically a preparatory
course that will be a stepping stone for a Ph.D. program and also give me the exposure to the research
being conducted related to the field.

I promise to relay upon my ingenuity, Life Science skills, my know-how and productive capacity to turn
up my knowledge and put it to work, with a strong interest in academics and desire to keep the
student in me alive. I feel that graduate study is a logical extension of my career while I may not be
the best judge of my qualifications to undertake graduate studies I am certainly conscious of my
ability, willingness, creativity, motivation, and desire towards developing my technical knowledge in
both breadth and depth. I hope and wish that my application will be favourably reviewed and will be
accorded an opportunity to pursue my graduate studies in your University.

Yours truly,

Ashika Ramesh