My name is **. I am very interested in studying communication in the United States. One of your colleague, Dr. ***, suggested that I consider graduate study at UNI OF ***.
I understand that UNI OF *** has a new but growing MA program, and that there are now over 50 enrollees as I type. I am very excited about this type of growth. Also, I understand that your department has one of the finest new quantitative research programs in the area of communication. I would especially be interested in studying under such individuals such as yourself。I have always had high standards for my academic work and understand that the MA faculty at UNI OF *** has an excellent reputation for pushing their students to do their very best. I also understand that as I type, two excellent new faculty members are being interviewed who could participate in your growing program. (此段是表达对学校的了解，依学校情况不同)
I am confident that I will be accepted for admission, but in today's world I would need to have assurances of financial support in order to study in the United States since otherwise, receiving a visa is nearly impossible. Do you currently have any assistantships available? Also, do you know of any fellowship or scholarship programs that might help foreign students, including the Center for International Studies on your campus? I understand that the CIS does have programs with China, and I wonder if any of those could help me. (要钱)
I would offer three major strengths that would help your MA program [here, mention those three things succinctly] (自己的强项)
[For the rest of the letter, 1) go to online journals and look up articles by Dr. ***(研究系里有名的教授的著作论文). In your letter, don't go into detail, but it would help if you indicated some familiarity with their studies. This will also give you an idea of what is taught in their classes. Especially look into articles from the Journal of Communication and Communication Monographs. If you can gain access to the book by Dr *** entitled the Biology of Communication, or at least find a summary of it on the internet, a mention of that would be helpful. Again, make this paragraph short and succinct, but an interest in the faculty's research agenda would help you.]
[For the last paragraph, ask three specific questions about courses in the curriculum. This will indicate to them that you are serious].(在信的最后问几个问题表示你对此DEPT严重感兴趣)
3. DIY 过程中，由于在选校方面缺乏经验，造成没有针对性地大范围申请。这样既浪费申请费，又耽误了一年时间，且不提心理上的挫败感。