Application Personal Statements

Depending on the program you are applying for, you may need to provide a personal statements as part of your application. Below are the questions for each of our graduate programs.

School of Management

Why do you want to obtain a master’s degree at Cal Lutheran? Specify examples of leadership, discuss career goals and provide any other pertinent information that will assist us in selecting persons who can most benefit from and contribute to the graduate program.

Graduate School of Education

The following statements are elements of the Graduate School of Education Vision. Please discuss each statement from your own perspective. Include personal and professional experiences, with specific examples as appropriate. Compose a substantial paragraph reflecting your thoughts for each statement. Submit your completed STRIVE statement through your student application portal.

The Graduate School of Education Vision

In accordance with the mission of Cal Lutheran, the Graduate School of Education seeks to develop reflective, principled educators who STRIVE to:

Serve as mentors and models for moral and ethical leadership
Philosophy: We believe that we have the moral responsibility to lead, guide, and educate the young. Teaching is an honorable vocation that demands a high level of committed service.

Think critically to connect theory to practice
Philosophy: We believe that theory and practice are integrally related. Theory both informs and is informed by practice that is researched, examined, and tested in a critical, thoughtful manner.

Respect all individuals
Philosophy: We believe that all individuals have worth and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Include and respond to the needs of all learners
Philosophy: We believe that all individuals can learn. It is our responsibility to understand students and their needs and to organize meaningful learning opportunities in response to those needs.

Value Diversity
Philosophy: We believe that diversity enriches the learning environment. A rich variety of family and economic backgrounds, languages, cultures, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, disabilities, and learning styles are invited and honored.

Empower individuals to participate in educational growth and change
Philosophy: We believe in the need to create schools that are purposeful, moral, and successful learning communities.

Graduate School of Psychology
PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Applicants are to review the PsyD Program philosophy available on the website, and illustrate how the program’s philosophy fits with your own personal or professional objectives.

MS in Counseling Psychology (MFT) and MS in Clinical Psychology

Please include no more than two typewritten pages covering significant influences and events which have developed your present values and approach to life. Include ways in which these factors may contribute to preparation of a psychology profession. Also include your personal interests and goals, and your professional objectives.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
MDiv and Joint MDiv/MA

Please discuss in 3 to 5 double-spaced pages the events and factors that have formed your Christian faith. Include an account of the significant factors in your childhood and family life, a brief statement of your personal faith and theological convictions, and the principle reasons for desiring to prepare for professional ministry in the church. In the body of your essay or in a separate paragraph articulate how you resonate with the PLTS orienting perspectives: nurturing a life-giving relationship with God; intellectual engagement with Scripture, faith traditions, and the world; faithful social transformation; and learning through a socio-ecological lens.

Certificate of Advanced Thrological Studies (Lutheran Year)

A brief personal statement describing your study plans and vocational goals while at PLTS.