Tips For Statement of Purpose

February 24, 2020,6:07 AM
  1. Purpose – Clear Articulation of Goals and Interests –
  • What did you want to study at graduate school?
  • Why did you want to study only for this degree?
  • Focus on the research project(s) you want to undertake while you are there.
  • Discuss what interests you within the professional field and what skills/knowledge you hope to gain through the program.
  • What you plan to do with your degree after graduation?
  • Would you choose to end up with a job, a start-up, or take up further research?
  1. Past Experience –
  • How much and what kind of experience you have in your field?
  • Is your experience related to your choice of degree?
  • What additional skills are you planning to gain Provide vivid, specific examples?
  1. Program – Interest and Fit with the Program –
  • Why did you choose to study in this particular country?
  • Why do you want to study at this particular college?
  • What do you like about them?
  • How does your work fit with the program?
  • Why the program suits your work/interests!
  • Does the department have a certain methodology you’re interested in?
  • Is there a particular facet to the curriculum that you’d like to experience?
  • Would you like to study or do research under any particular professor?
  • What are your expectations from both the graduate program and the university? j. How can you contribute to the university and its program?
  1. Personality – Be Unique –
  • Apart from work and education, what are your hobbies, interests, and habits?
  • What are you like, as a person?
  • What do you understand about the student community and culture of the college?
  • What is that one unique characteristic about you that they should know? The key to writing a good statement of purpose is being unique and making sure your words stand out in the minds of the readers.
  1. Plain English – Strong Writing – You’ll need to communicate clearly, effectively, and logically.
  2. The Process
  • Begin Early – start now; give yourself 3-4 months before the submission date
  • Follow directions – Write a Draft – Proofread – and get others to proofread –
  • Plan ahead Tips 1. Include faculty with whom you want to work,
  • Do not overuse ‘I’
  • Avoid colloquial language like ‘can’t, won’t and a lot of ‘like’
  • Do not assume they know acronyms –
  • Word limit – A statement of purpose shouldn’t ever be longer than two pages
  • In an SOP – keep personal information minimum 6.

Leave Your Comment