I am using the next phrase in a letter of motivation for applying to a master program:

I am convinced that joining the Master of Science in X at the X-University will deepen my knowledge and broaden my perspectives in ...

I am not sure if "joining" is the correct word to use in this context, or if I should replace it by "enrolling in", "pursuing" or "undertaking".

I would really appreciate your suggestions.

  • Use enrolling in and add program after Science. – AmE speaker Mar 23 '17 at 21:26
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    Enrolling (in anything) doesn't deepen your knowledge or broaden your perspectives, but undertaking that course of studies might. – Lawrence Mar 25 '17 at 10:25
  • Of course, thank you. I think undertaking is the best option!! – Cristina Amaya Méndez Apr 4 '17 at 5:09
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it seems to be a request for writing advice—in this case, a request for help in choosing a more appropriate word to replace "joining" in a particular sentence. – Sven Yargs Sep 2 '17 at 23:33

Maybe admission is a better choice. Admission is a more specific word than joining in academic contexts.

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    Yes, after admission to the school you will join the Masters program. Add the word 'program' to your letter. – Yosef Baskin Mar 23 '17 at 20:50
  • Thanks for your answer. I used "enrolling in" and add the word program. – Cristina Amaya Méndez Mar 24 '17 at 21:53

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