Cover letter for MSC application (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for an MSC application.”

Samples of cover letters for an MSC application

To be accepted for a master’s degree program, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for the program. When writing an MSC application cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the recipient with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).”
  • The next step is to introduce yourself and state the program you are applying for. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the master’s program.
  • Give more information on your undergraduate academic studies, skills you’ve acquired relevant to this grad program, and any experience gained which is applicable to your graduate program. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for MSC application”

“Dear Professor Morrison,

As my bachelor’s degree in sports science comes to an end, I am excited to pursue the possibility of completing my master’s degree at Jamesville. My educational and sports experience thus far has been fantastic, but I feel that I have much more to learn.

I have been an active member of both local football and basketball programs, winning two State championships with the football team and seeing a number of my basketball players go on to play division I sports. One of proudest academic moments was when my paper on cruciate ligament rehabilitation techniques received national acclaim after three of our players recovered in record time using my techniques.

I am a sports scientist, but also a sports fan. My hunger to know more is deeper than ever. I am currently in the top 5% of my class at Jamesville and my professors have put me forward to continue my education in the sports science master’s program here.

I enclose a selection of my coursework and some references from the players and coaches that I have worked with. I feel that my work in industry has reflected well on Jamesville, and hope that my master’s studies will give me the knowledge to do even better work with local sports teams.


Simon Kroll”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for MSC application”

“Gabrielle Fernandes Costa

1505 Southern Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

June 30, 2019

Dr. Isabelle Holmes

Department of Physical Sciences

The State University of New York at Stony Brook

100 Nicolls Rd.

Stony Brook, NY 11794

Dear Dr. Holmes,

With great pleasure, I would like to submit my application for the Master of Science In Geography program at the Department of Physical Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook. After recently completing my bachelor’s studies, this graduate program is the perfect path forward for me towards my goal of joining the Arctic Research Institute.

As a graduate of Brown University’s Bachelor of Science in Geological & Earth Sciences program, I was fortunate enough to be mentored by some of the greatest minds in these fields. Under their tutelage, I’ve honed my observational and analytical skills, as well as my knowledge of report-taking and reading measurements. I also had the life-changing experience of working with the preeminent polar explorer, Dr. Gilford, on her summer quantifying the rapidly receding coastline of the Queen Elizabeth Islands.

Below my signature, you’ll find the application documents requested from me from the university website. If there is anything further from me you need, please give me a call, and I’ll get to it right away. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of my graduate school application. 


Gabrielle Fernandes Costa”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for MSC application”

“Joanna Perreault

245 Lucy Lane

Bloomington, IN 47408


Bloomington, Dec 16, 2019

Dr. John Smith

Columbia University

708 Philosophy Hall, 

1150 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

Dear Dr. Smith,

I am pleased to submit my application to the Master of Arts in Philosophy program at Columbia University. Given my previous academic background, a BA in Linguistics & Philosophy from Boston University (4.0 GPA), the graduate program at Columbia with its modules in Philosophy of Language is a perfect fit for me to expand my expertise and make a step towards my goal of completing a PhD in Philosophy, focusing on the Philosophy of Language and the way microaggressive and dog-whistle language in politics shapes public opinion.

While working on my BA at Boston University, I have had the incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of linguistics research. During my studies in the ‘Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic’ module, I have had the opportunity to join Dr. Fraser’s research on the language of the media. My part was in the preparation stage, during initial, manual selection of parsing criteria, establishing algorithm rules and baselines. I have manually analyzed the language of 300+ articles using a continuously evolving model. Several of my recommendations and insights became key tenets of the model, which you can read more about in Dr. Fraser’s letter of recommendation. All in all, I have given over 500 hours over 2 years to this project, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Together with colleagues and students from the Department of Computer Science, an algorithm was built to parse media content and use NLP through Python to analyze the language within. The sentiments of each media outlet could then be plotted on a subject-specific spectrum. Over 500,000 articles and 400 million words were analyzed. One of the recommendations for further research was to study the implications and effects of what Dr. Fraser called ‘combative’ language on public opinion, and the proportional impact of positive vs. negative descriptions. This has now become my ambition, and I hope to complete a PhD that surveys these effects.

Please find the list of attachments and application documents below. It is compliant with the list required on the university website, but if there is anything else you require, or you have any questions, please let me know. 

Thank you,

Joanna Perreault


Graduate School Admission Application

Undergraduate Transcript

Statement of Academic Purpose


2 Writing Samples (1 Philosophy, 1 Linguistics)

3 letters of evaluation/recommendation”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for MSC application”

“Sarah Johnson

2341 E. Main Street

Chattanooga, TN 37341

December 7, 2020

Dr. Timothy Greer

Department of Psychology

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

800 University Lane

Chattanooga, TN 37341

Dear Dr. Greer:

It is my pleasure to submit my application for the Masters of Family Psychology program at the Psychology department at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As a recent graduate of Belhaven University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, this graduate program is the perfect next step toward achieving my goal of becoming a Licensed Family and Marriage Counselor and opening my own practice.

During my time in the undergraduate program at Belhaven University, I was able to develop several skills that make me a strong candidate for your program including time-management skills, analytical skills and strong research and writing skills. A few of my greatest accomplishments achieved while in my undergraduate program include interning for the esteemed counseling program at The University of Tennessee and graduating with high honors. I have chosen the Masters of Family Psychology program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga because of the university’s core focus on family counseling within the master’s program.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there is any additional information or documents I can provide. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sarah Johnson



Curriculum Vitae

Statement of purpose

Letters of recommendation

Official transcripts”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for MSC application”

“August 12, 20xx

Dr. Trevor Thorne

Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media

BeMo Academic University

Toronto, ON M4C 2Y9

Dear Dr. Thorne,

I am excited to submit my application for consideration for the English literature master’s program at BeMo Academic University. I have spent the past four years learning the basics of literature analysis through my bachelor’s degree in the field, and I am eager to take this next step in my educational journey in order to further my training.

My undergraduate studies allowed me to explore and learn about different forms of literature from around the world. Still, I often found myself drawn to the impressive works of Shakespeare, Milton, Bronte, and many other great English writers. I had the opportunity to study in London for a year, where I attended a seminar on the impact of Charlotte Bronte’s work on modern feminism led by none other than Prof. Jane Smith. She is one of the many brilliant professors in the English, Theatre, Film & Media department at BeMo that I hope to learn from. 

You will find enclosed the required application documents, including my academic CV, which provides more information on the research I have been able to do and publish so far in my short academic career. I am especially interested in the role that authors such as William Shakespeare played in the development of modern English, and I wish to explore that further through research. I feel that the rigorous curriculum this program offers will inform my future writing and research efforts, and allow me to achieve my goals. 

Thank you for your time, attention, and consideration. It is truly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information. 


Candice Williams


Program application form

Statement of purpose 

Graduate CV

Official undergraduate transcripts

Letters of recommendation”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of cover letters for MSC application

How do I write a cover letter for university admissions?

How to write a college application cover letter

  • Write the university’s address.
  • Include a salutation. 
  • State your purpose for applying to the school. 
  • Explain why you want to attend their school.
  • End with a thank you and looking forward message.

How do you begin a cover letter?

Some tips to write an attention-grabbing opening paragraph include being direct, starting with a strong belief statement, or leading with a relevant achievement.

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