How to Write an Sop for Grad School

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HOW TO WRITE A WINNING STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR A GRADUATE SCHOOL

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Shoukat Iqbal Khattak Faculty Member Bahria University of Management Sciences-Karachi campus E-mail: shoukat.iqbal@bimcs.edu.pk

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Anthony O. Okobi using:

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Table of Content

1. Introduction: What, Why and How of Statement of Purpose.

2. Stage I: Do your Homework

3. Stage II: Reflect and Brainstorm (on paper)

4. Stage III: Outline your Statement of Purpose

5. Stage IV: Write Draft of Statement of
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research experiences, courses, etc.)?

• What are your future goals for graduate school (i.e. Ph.D.)?

• What are your career goals (i.e. professorship)?

• What characteristics of the school/department/program can help you accomplish your goals?

• What positive aspects do you bring to the school/department/program?

Stage IV: Write Draft of Statement of Purpose

1. When writing your statement of purpose:

• Always use positive language when referring to yourself.

• Give detailed, but concise examples.

• Use transition words, sentences and paragraphs. Your statement must read smoothly.

• Skip a line after each paragraph. • Refrain from starting neighboring paragraphs the same way.

• Avoid using vocabulary that you do not know.

• Refrain from repeating yourself.

• Have strong opening and closing paragraph.

• Stay within the 2 – 3 page limit!

• Thank the admissions committee for their time at the end of your statement of purpose.

Stage V: Ask for Critique, Revise and Edit

1. When you are finished with your

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