What is the difference between a Statement of Goals and a PRSE?

These are two separate and very different documents.

A Goal Statement is both a description and justification of your program of interest. A goal statement must be submitted for all degree-seeking applicants. View suggestions on how to write an effective goal statement.

The PRSE (Personal Explanation Statement) is required by any applicant who answered ‘Yes’ to the application questions related to past or pending criminal offenses/charges, or a non-academic college or university dismissal. This applicant must submit a written statement explaining the personal history of the event(s).