Graduate schools are always on the lookout and place a much higher priority for students who have a proven penchant for research. Hence, it is domineering that the applicants make a mention of all their research credentials, and document in a very astute manner. If the applicant is applying for a Ph.D program, research is a very critical element, and must be mentioned, and very often it is the fragment that will tilt the scales in your favor.

However, if you are applying for a non-thesis master’s, an MBA for instance, research potential is not brooded over so intensely, but then you will have to give a very account of your capabilities and make sure that they are confident that you will a good representative of their legacy once you walk out of the school with that degree in hand.  

The schools want an extensive mix of students, from different under-graduate programs having varied interests and different programs. The universities try to showcase a wide mix of students in their purview, and this also helps in creating and establishing a healthy mix of ideas that fosters the spirit of learning. The amalgamation of a wide range of talented, motivated and assorted students only builds the rich legacy of the place.

So, it is all dependent upon the aspirants as to how they convince the applications committee that they are different from other students. The different segments of the application like the resume, the personal essays, statements of purpose, essays, etc. should all focus on convincing the committee that you are the best for the program and that you possess the skills required to be a success.

Ask questions while filling in your form, and try to answer them. Questions like:

  1. Does it highlight my research potential.
  2. Does it give a good account of my diversity?
  3. Has my skill-set been properly mentioned?