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Doctoral Degree Writing Sample

Writing samples play an important role in helping the Admissions Committee evaluate a doctoral applicant's research, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Please provide a separate writing sample to address the topic: "The most pressing leadership issue of today."

The body (excludes a title page or a reference page) of this writing sample should not exceed one page in length (single spaced, 12-point type).

The Admissions Committee will evaluate the writing sample based on the following criteria:

  1. Thesis Development and Critical Thinking. The thesis expresses the main idea of the paper in one sentence and informs the reader of the paper's focus. Critical thinking is the act of examining, analyzing and evaluating information followed by the drawing of accurate conclusions. Thesis development and critical thinking include the following four key elements: (a) thesis, (b) argument, (c) research and (d) analysis.

  2. Organization. The structure or outline of the writing sample assists with the development of the argument and includes fluid transitions to achieve coherence between paragraphs.

  3. Paragraph Development. The structure of each paragraph within the outline is vital to the overall stability of the writing sample and includes the use of transitions and language within each paragraph.

  4. Mechanics. Clarity through spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization is vital in any written document.

  5. Style (APA, MLA or other acceptable style). At the doctoral level, it is important to adhere to a particular writing style as required by the specific academic or professional publication in which one desires to be published. Therefore, the applicant should compose the writing sample in APA, MLA or other acceptable style. In addition, the applicant should identify the style being used in the writing sample. It is important that the writing sample exhibit the style's guidelines in the areas of: (a) in-text citations, (b) reference list, (c) title, (d) headings, (e) sub-headings, (f) numbers, (g) serial content, (h) quotes, (i) punctuation, etc. While these styles typically require double spacing, we request that, in the case of this writing sample, applicants use single spacing so the writing sample does not exceed one page.

Your essay should be e-mailed directly to the Admissions Office at sbladmissions@regent.edu