Generic Degree Program Rationale
Janet Lee Bachant, Ph.D.
- Tell the reader what degree you are pursuing and what your concentration is going to be. Describe how this concentration meets the specific career requirements in your anticipated field.
- Tell the reader why you have chosen this concentration; what research you have done to determine your choice.
- Describe how your history informs this concentration and career choice (don’t be too lengthy here—The Degree Program Rationale describes your Degree Program Plan . It is not an autobiography!).
- Describe how particular studies listed in your Degree Program Plan will develop the specific skill sets and knowledge needed in your career choice. Talk about those that develop a foundation in your concentration, those that demonstrate progression in your area and those that supply depth.
- Describe how the SUNY Gen Ed requirements fit into your personal, educational and professional goals.
- Summarize credit by evaluation: number of credits you hope to get, general topics covered, how these credits fit into your overall degree plan.
- A final paragraph should break down the number of credits in your concentration and in general learning. This should be noe in paragraph form, not in the form of a list. You should have a summary statement that demonstrates breath of learning, as well as depth of learning and progression in your concentration