Letter of Intent

Tools to build your letter of intent

Many academic programs will require a letter of intent as part of the application process. You will need to read through program document requirements to ensure you understand formatting requirements such as page length, word count and what elements they need addressed in the document. The main objective in the letter of intent is to present a case for yourself for why you selected the program, what strengths you bring and what your career intentions will be in relation to the program. Each document should be specific and memorable. 


Contact Information

Your Name
Address, City, Province

Date (month, day, and year)

Institution's Name 
Address, City, Province

Attn: Education Graduate Selection Committee


Pro Tip: Keep the format consistent with the header of your CV


Pro Tip: Try to obtain as many of these details as possible by looking at the organization's website.  



  • Talk about why you are applying to this program and be specific 
  • Indicate WHO you are and WHY you want to apply for this specific program. Demonstrate that you have done your research by building in information about the program, professors, and connecting this with your own passion/interests/education.

Body of Letter 

  • Pick specific professional, academic or personal highlights that make you a strong fit for program 
  • Consider your skill set, attributes that align with program and career.  
  • Since you may have a set page length and word count for letter of intent, you will need to be selective with what you decide to highlight and be specific with details. Trying to fit in all information can make language become generic and lacking specialization of person. 

Formula to help you match your experience to the program

Skill/Experience (Verb) + Example + Link example back to the program (Result)


  • Speak to what your career goals are and with the selection of program, how the program will help meet those outcomes
  • Again, be specific do not use generic statements like: I want to help people” or “I am passionate about research”, be specific about what that entails 
  • Conclude with thanking them for review of application and interest in the program 
  • This paragraph should not exceed 2-3 sentences.
  • Reassert your interest in the program
  • End with "Sincerely," and your name below

Example:  Thank you for your time and consideration for reviewing my application. If you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and having a further discussion of my skills and strengths.