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Mission Statement Instructions

The mission statement is usually a short, one paragraph explanation of what the program is, and why the program exists. The following is a general format that can be used when developing a mission statement:

“The mission of (name of your program) is to (your primary purpose) by providing (your primary functions or activities) to (your stakeholders).”   (Additional clarifying statements)

Note that the order in which the statements are made may vary from this format, but the content should be easily identified. The mission statement should be clear, concise, and easily understood by those outside one’s academic area. The program mission statement should be aligned with the college or school mission statement.


“The School Psychology program at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to enhancing the development of children, adolescents, families, and social systems. This is accomplished through training future leaders, generating new knowledge, and providing exemplary service. An emphasis is placed on schools and schooling, the integration of psychological and educational theory, research, and practice in the context of a collegial atmosphere, intense faculty/student mentoring, multiple theoretical perspectives, and commitment to life-long learning. Faculty and students value preparation to work in a broad range of ecological settings serving the needs of a diverse population.”   (Adopted, 2000)

“The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Program is to develop high quality biomedical engineers by providing students with a foundation in biomedical science and engineering, conducting world-class research, creating an environment for professional development, and engaging in service to the community and the profession.”