SOP for Master’s Program
Just as in case of undergraduate applications, the Statement of purpose has a great importance in Master’s applications. It is also believed that an excellently written SOP can compensate other weaker factors on the profile and can also reduce the chances of admission if not found up to the standards of the university applied to.
The difference from UG SOP lies in the fact that now the admission committee would expect a matured and professional write up as you are either a college graduate or a working professional. So, we would move away from being abstract and creative towards being sound and precise. Well, that doesn’t mean you should copy points from your resume to prepare this 1100 words document.
The major points that should be focused on are:
The introduction that should ideally have a statement or a relevant quote. Avoid words like “during”, “As”, “I think/I feel “. Give a clear idea of what you are. For example, “I developed the flair for teaching long back when I was just in 5th grade. I started admiring the fact that a person can be a strong inspiration for others and eventually that happened to me my profession.”
Then give a detailed account on your academic, professional and extra-curricular achievements. The major points should be like what inspired you to select that particular subject for your college education or further as your career option. How you have reached the level, what have been your key learnings and what have been your experiences should be written elaborately. You should make separate paragraphs for education, profession and extra-curricular.
It is very important to give a detailed account on your career goals. Do not just write you want to pursue a Master’s program in the USA to expand your qualification. You should be very clear with the idea of what you want to do post-masters.
There are many countries in the world and you selected the US to be your study destination. You have to justify this properly and also why the particular university (subject to change in the name of the University). And, last but not the least, just in 2-3 sentences express why you deserve to be there.