Three best SOP gurus, spilling their secrets
Write an outstanding SOP for MBA, MS and PhD with the following tips.
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Here, they have decided to spill their secret about the art of writing SOP for MBA, MS, and Ph.D. students.
What is an SOP?
A statement of purpose or SOP is written by students who wish to pursue their education in foreign universities or colleges. As the name indicates, it is a personal statement showing the purpose and plan behind joining a program or an institution. An SOP can act as a bridge between your past and future experience. It is generally in the form of an essay that demonstrates one’s ambitions and skills. A statement of purpose will provide one with an opportunity to showcase exceptional qualities and innate abilities. Almost all the foreign universities for their application in any undergraduate, postgraduate, or Doctorate courses ask for an SOP. The SOP is generally read or checked by an admission counsellor.
Things to keep in mind while writing an SOP
·It is an integral part of one’s admission process, so it has to be impressive and straightforward to understand.
Each university’s requirement for an SOP (format, word limit, etc.) differs. So, it is vital to check the guidelines before writing.
Decide the university and program you are applying to, way before.
Research well in advance about the university and program.
Start with preparing a rough draft.
Be patient and consistent.
Check grammar, language and spelling mistakes.
The points mentioned here are, in general, applicable to any program or university.
MBA (Masters of Business administration)
First and foremost, an MBA SOP must showcase the virtue that business schools’ value. Your SOP should convey professional accomplishments, diverse background, global perspective, crisis and project management, subject matter expertise, critical and analytical skills, and a strong sense of commitment towards the field.
Always keep in mind the purpose of the SOP. Articulate your goals and interest in the field of business. Talk about how an MBA degree will enhance your prospects. If you have any research interest in the area, then mention that. Write about your professional gain while pursuing this master’s degree. Universities are looking for the right candidate for the program so, your SOP should be convincing. The SOP should project your passion and thrive towards the program. Further, prove with example how this program will help you reach your goals. No GMAT, GRE, or any certification is going to get you admission to your desired university. The admission counselor or team wants to see your capabilities and your future contribution to the college in the specific field. Your contribution to the college community is a crucial aspect that needs to be convincing. Talk about why you want to study in that particular country or university. This will show the counselor the amount of research you have done before applying to this program. Enunciate your experience both professionally and academically and how it is connected with the MBA program. What are your expectations from the MBA program? Which must be vocal and clear. Show your clear career plan with examples.
Diverting from your purpose can lead to non-comprehensive paragraphs. It is essential to stick to the flow and main idea. Your resume is different from SOP. Don’t copy or repeat what has already been written in the resume. The tone of the SOP must be genuine and not braggy. Don’t write long sentences; stick to easy and simple sentences and words.
MS (Master of Science)
Unlike MBA, an MS SOP is written for fresher’s who may or may not have work experience in the particular field. So, what distinguishes their SOP is talking about the achievement they received in academics. The MS sop is technical.
An MS SOP must be academically sound, proving the candidate’s knowledge and experience in the field. The introductory paragraphs must be catchy and exciting. The SOP should talk about your goals and aspirations for the desired area of study. Before writing the SOP, prepare a list of all the achievements you want to portray and later implement it into your SOP. Discuss both long and short-term goals and relate them to your current program. Share vivid and concrete examples of your past work. Talk about your area of research interest. If you want to work under any professor from the university, you can mention that as well. If you have published any paper, project, etc., you can mention and talk about it. Mention the necessity of a master’s towards your future employment.
Be authentic with your experience. Don’t copy the content for your SOP from different websites. Don’t work on the SOP at the last minute; prepare ahead. Do not any cost exceed the word limit given in the SOP guidelines. Too much information can be challenging to understand, so keep it simple and minimal.
Unlike any other stream of SOP, this can be pretty daunting. Ph.D. SOP is an essential aspect of doctoral application. The SOP will talk about your research interests. This will help the admission counselor to investigate whether you are a potential scholar or not. They will or can assess your contribution to the research field of your previous university.
Talk about yourself and the reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. The primary focus of this SOP must revolve around your research interest. Discuss the answers to questions such as; how is your passion or interest connected to your research? What are the reasons for choosing a particular research topic? What is the extensive background research you have conducted? Talk about surveys if necessary. If you are confused with the research topic, then express that dilemma with authenticity. Express your academic and background knowledge concerning the program chosen. Prove with your statements that you are eligible for this program. If you have a dissertation topic in your mind, then talk about it. Mention a professor from the university with whom you want to work in the future. Talk about their research and how it has intrigued you. If you are interested in teaching, express your views on that (only if the program renders teaching practices). If your experience is diverse, mention it precisely without overloading the information. Edit and proofread as many times as you can. Share your SOP with your friends, family, colleagues and ask for their views and opinions. This will help you analyse different perspectives of people and edit accordingly. Lastly, talk about what makes you unique for this program with respect to fellow candidates.
Don’t ever write your SOP at the last moment. Write with a course of time that will help you edit and re-edit if necessary. Do not indulge in too many personal statements (about your family, relationship, etc). Never demonstrate the wrong facts regarding your research in the SOP.